Two QHS biology teachers named New York State Master Teachers

Jessica Donnelly and Shannon GilroyQueensbury High School science teachers Jessica Donnelly and Shannon Gilroy are among 228 educators selected for the New York State Master Teachers program this year, bringing the state’s total number of Master Teachers to more than 1,200.

The four-year program brings together Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers to engage in professional development and peer mentoring to promote excellence in teaching in a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers.

“I am extremely honored to have been accepted into the New York State Master Teacher Program,” said Shannon Gilroy. “I was lucky enough to be surrounded by inspirational, experienced and knowledgeable NYS Master Teachers that help guide me and encouraged me to continue to strive for my goals. Being recognized for all of my hard work and dedication to my career and my students is one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences.”

“Being accepted to the Master Teacher program is a significant accomplishment for any public school teacher,” said Superintendent Dr. Douglas Huntley. “Congratulations to Jessica Donnelly and Shannon Gilroy for the outstanding work they do in teaching science to Queensbury students. Each of them is highly commended for pursuing this vigorous challenge and wonderful opportunity.”

The New York State Master Teacher Program is a network of public school teachers throughout the state who share a passion for their own STEM learning and for collaborating with colleagues to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

“Being selected as a Master Teacher is an honor and will help me develop further as an educator because I will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and methodologies with other highly-motivated educators within the STEM discipline,” said Jessica Donnelly. “I look forward to bringing new perspectives to my students and helping them develop as young scientific independent thinkers.”

Donnelly and Gilroy join five of their Queensbury colleagues who previously received the designation.