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February 18, 2015

Congratulations to Niskayuna's NYS Master Teachers, Mary Hanchar and Paul Scott

Niskayuna science teachers Mary Hanchar, who teaches at Iroquois, and Paul Scott, of Niskayuna High School, are among the 237 teachers statewide who became New York State Master Teachers this year. They were recognized for earning this distinction at the Governor's State of the State and budget presentation last month in Albany. As Master Teachers, Paul and Mary are part of a state-wide network of high-performing STEM teachers dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and attracting the brightest minds to study in the STEM areas.

Three areas of ability and commitment to growth that are essential to successful participation in the Master Teacher community: content knowledge, pedagogy, and a deep understanding of students. Master Teachers are strong classroom teachers with clear goals for further developing their breadth and depth in all of these areas.

These teachers engage regularly in professional development opportunities with fellow Master Teachers and others across the region, and in many cases they lead these sessions.

Congratulations Mary and Paul!

For more information about the New York State Master Teacher Program, visit