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Two Hastings Teachers Named Master Teachers

NY State Master Teaching Program LogoRecently, Governor Kathy Hochul released the names of New York State's Master Teacher Program cohort and two of Hastings’ very own are included in the mix: Robin Farrell, leader of Hillside Elementary School’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) program, and Gregory Stephens, Mathematics Department Chairperson for the middle and high schools. 

The Master Teacher Program is an initiative focused on strengthening STEM fields in education. It's a vibrant professional network of more than 1,400 outstanding public school K-12 STEM 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.

The program's application process is a rigorous one, taking place over the course of several months and culminating in individual presentations and interviews. Each applicant has to demonstrate content and pedagogical knowledge, and a strong commitment to their students and community.  

Farrell and Stephens will begin the program while continuing their regular teaching responsibilities, doing research, developing curriculum, and mentoring. Throughout the year, they will attend weekend workshops at SUNY New Paltz.  

“The Master Teacher program is a four-year commitment, which makes us doubly lucky,” said Stephens. “Robin and I are grateful to be recognized but also, all Hastings’ students and teachers will get to share in the work we do for years to come.”