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Four SGF teachers named NYS Master Teachers

April 13, 2015

SGF Master TeachersFollowing a rigorous application process, four South Glens Falls High School science teachers were named New York State Master Teachers, a designation for New York STEM teachers.

The SGF teachers, Colleen Hagadorn, Tammy Mandwelle, Judy Moffitt and Susan Moore-Palumbo, were four of 237 teachers in the state who were appointed Master Teachers by Governor Andrew Cuomo at his joint State of the State and Budget Address on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2015.

“We are very proud of the hard work that these teachers put into the application process and the well-deserved recognition,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “We are thankful for their commitment to their profession and our SGF students.”

The program was established in 2014 by Cuomo in collaboration with The State University of New York and Math for America and today includes 500 educators throughout the state. It was developed in response to the call to strengthen our country’s K-12 STEM education.

Before being named Master Teachers, teachers go through an extensive application and interview process, take a content area test, submit written essays and give presentations.

Master Teachers must participate in 50 hours of professional development work in addition to their regular school responsibilities, and meet regularly on evenings and weekends to participate in activities. Master Teachers also participate in leadership workshops to better contribute to departmental discussions and mentor early career and pre-service teachers, and participate in the Empire State STEM Learning Network through regional STEM hubs, partnering with local businesses and agencies to better prepare students for STEM careers, according to the state website.

The South Glens Falls teachers have partnered on a project with the Saratoga Springs City School District to create elementary science kits, which they hope will eventually be available for loan.

The SGF educators who received this designation in 2015 will be considered Master Teachers for four years, and participate in the programming during that time. For more information about Master Teachers, visit

Thoughts from the Master Teachers

“I am excited to be able to learn new material and apply it to our classrooms. One of the nicest things is being able to model lifelong learning to our students.” –Colleen Hagadorn

“This is a wonderful opportunity to be a mentor and to learn new material that will ultimately benefit your school district.” –Tammy Mandwelle

“One of the best parts is being around people who are excited and passionate about education.” –Judy Moffitt

“I am very dedicated to learning new material that can support our kids, and particularly the idea of woman going into STEM careers, which the Master Teacher program supports.” –Susan Moore-Palumbo

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