Queensbury High School science teacher Lisa Fort and math teacher Timothy Ciampa are among 275 educators selected for the New York State Master Teachers program this year, bringing the state’s total number of Master Teachers to 980.
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.
“This program is a great opportunity to continue learning through professional development and networking,” said Lisa Fort. “I’m very excited.”
Fort, who has been teaching science at QHS for the past three years, credits the district’s commitment to providing professional development opportunities for its staff.
“Both Tim and Lisa are very dedicated and hard-working teachers,” said Superintendent Dr. Douglas Huntley. “Ultimately, their effectiveness and the effectiveness of our entire faculty leads to high-quality learning opportunities for students.”
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.
“I’m honored to be chosen as a Master Teacher,” said Timothy Ciapata, who has taught math at QHS for the past seven years. “I’m looking forward to connecting with and learning from great teachers across the state.”
Fort and Ciampa join three of their Queensbury colleagues who previously received the designation.