Carl Koppman, an industrial arts technology teacher, is the latest Grand Island High School teacher to be named a New York State Master Teacher by the State University of New York. The master teacher program is a state-wide professional network of outstanding STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers. As part of the Western New York network, he will work with other master teachers from local school districts and future teachers studying at Buffalo State College to develop and share STEM content knowledge. The other Grand Island High School master teachers are Laura Estenoz (Briganti), Rob Collard, Lee Nowocien and Natalie Gallagher.
Chosen through an intensive selection process, this program requires a four-year commitment in addition to teaching responsibilities. Through co-hort meetings, various workshops and summer programs, the master teachers collaborate to bring content and instructional best practices back to their classrooms, to mentor education majors at Buffalo State and to inspire students to consider teaching as a career choice.
"This program has provided an opportunity for collaborative networks within the Western New York community of STEM educators. Our master teachers have worked tirelessly to pioneer new approaches to learning in their classrooms and improve the overall quality of instruction in our building," said Michael Lauria, Grand Island High School principal.