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Professional Standards & Practices Board for Teaching

The State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching is a 30 member board that serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education on matters related to teaching in New York State. The Board is composed of K-12 teachers and administrators, higher education representatives, public representatives, and one teacher education student.

About the Board

The State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching was established in 1998 by the New York State Board of Regents to advise the Regents and the Commissioner of Education on matters related to teaching in New York State. The Board’s mission is to advance and support quality teaching and student learning in New York State through initiating, influencing, and evaluating policy and best practice in the teaching profession. The Board is composed of 30 members and includes K-12 teachers and administrators, higher education representatives, public representatives, and one teacher education student. Members are selected to represent diverse perspectives, and serve four-year staggered terms, with the exception of the teacher education student, who serves a single two-year term as a non-voting member.

The Board has two standing subcommittees: the Professional Practices Subcommittee, which examines issues related to teaching practice, and the Higher Education Subcommittee, which handles issues related to teacher preparation.

Board Responsibilities
The Regents initial charge to the Professional Standards and Practices Board was for recommendations on the following topics, as outlined in the Regents policy document, New York’s Commitment: Teaching to Higher Standards (1998):

  • components of mentoring programs for new teachers
  • criteria and training for annual teacher performance reviews
  • certification requirements to ensure that teachers and principals are well-prepared to teach and to lead in New York
  • models and criteria for professional development
  • a Code of Ethics for teachers
  • a plan to attract and retain certified teachers in high need schools.

The Board has made significant progress toward accomplishing this initial agenda. New priorities continue to emerge as determined by Regents Reform agenda, Department initiatives, and Board-identified issues of interest and concern.

Teacher Moral Character Cases
Regarding professional ethics and moral conduct, the responsibilities of the Standards Board are set in Section 3.14 and Subpart 4-2 of the Rules of the Board of Regents, Part 83 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, and Section 316 of Education Law.  The Professional Practices Subcommittee reviews and makes recommendations for action on individual cases brought to the Board under the provisions of Part 83 of Commissioner’s Regulations.

Program Policy and Regulations
The Board reviews and makes recommendations on proposed policy changes and amendments to Commissioner’s Regulations and the Rules of the Board of Regents involving all aspects of teaching education, certification, and practice.  In New York State, a teacher is defined as “any individual who is required to possess a certificate to work in a public school”. This includes classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and pupil personnel service providers.

Apply for Membership

The Office of Higher Education maintains Applicant Registry, a process used to fill vacancies on the State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching. We invite applications from individuals who are interested in helping to shape teaching policy in New York State and who qualify for appointment in one of the following categories:

  • Teacher in a NYS school, either classroom teacher or pupil personnel service professional
  • Representative of a NYS college or university that prepares teachers (not an adjunct)
  • School administrator, either at the building or district level
  • Public member, representing business, parents, school boards, or other community groups involved in education
  • Student matriculated in a teacher preparation program at a NYS institution, either full-or part-time)

Important Features:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Higher Education, at 518-486-2978, or by E-mail at pspb@nysed.gov.

Board Members

2021-2022 PSPB Board Members

 

Kathleen Briggs, Teacher

Lake Placid Elementary School

Lake Placid, NY

Term Expires: December 31, 2023

Scott Brown, Administrator

Leptondal Elementary School

Wallkill, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2023

 

Heather Buskirk, Public

Stride, Inc.

Scotia, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

 

Brooke Burnett, Teacher

Ithaca City School District

Ithaca, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2025

David Cantaffa, Higher Education

State University of New York System Administration

Albany, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2025

 

Frank Chiachiere, Public

Trustee, Valley Stream Board of Education

Valley Stream, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2023

 

Ricardo Colon, Teacher

UFT Teacher Center Instructional Coach PS/IS 30

Brooklyn, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

 

Amaya DiGiovanni, Teacher Education Student

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2023

Juanita Dyer, Teacher

Syracuse City School District

Syracuse, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2025

Kathleen Ferguson, Teacher

Jessie T Zoller Elementary School

Schenectady, NY

Term Expires: March 31, 2023

 

Andrea Fortin-Nossavage, Teacher

Niagara Falls City School District

Niagara Falls, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2022

Virginia Goatley, co-chair, Higher Education

SUNY Albany

Albany, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

 

Julie Gorlewski, Higher Education

University of Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

Term Expires: September 30, 2023

 

Amy Hysick, Public

New York State PTA

Albany, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2025

Katie Kurjakovic, Public

UFT English Language Learner Specialist

and Assistant to Vice President for Education for the United Federation of Teachers

New York, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

 

Colleen Lester, Administrator

Cambridge Central School District

Cambridge, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2023

 

Edwin Lamboy, Higher Education

The City College of New York

New York, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

 

Katie Lobato, Teacher

Plattekill Elementary School

Plattekill, NY

Term Expires: November 30, 2022

Angelina Maloney, Administrator

Brunswick/Brittonkill CSD

Troy, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

Dwight Manning, Higher Education

Teachers College, Columbia University

New York, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2020

 

Joanna Masingila, Higher Education

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Term Expires: September 30, 2023

 

Sheilah Paul, Higher Education

Medgar Evers College of CUNY

Brooklyn, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2025

 

 Derek Pope, Teacher

Commack High School

Commack, NY

Term Expires: November 30, 2022

 

David Rothfuss, Public

NYS United Teachers

Latham, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2023

 

Amanda Silvestri, Teacher

Karigon Elementary

Clifton Park, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2025

 

Pilar Sokol, Esq., Public

New York State School Boards Association

Latham, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

 

Elizabeth Waite, Teacher

Union–Endicott Central Schools

Endicott, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2024

 

Cindy Walter, Administrator

TST BOCES

Ithaca, NY

Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Keith Wiley, Teacher

Houghton Academy, PS 69

Houghton, NY

Term Expires: June 30, 2025

 

Patrick Wong, Teacher

International HS at LaGuardia Community College

Long Island City, NY

Term Expires December 31, 2023

 

 

 

Subcommittee Member List
Professional Practices Sub-Committee 2021-2022
Representation Membership Institution/Position

Practicing Teacher (elem, middle or second)

Kathleen Briggs

Lake Placid Elementary School – Music Teacher

Practicing Teacher (elem, middle or second)

Andrea Fortin-Nossavage (Sub-Committee Co-Chair)

Niagara Falls City School District – Social Studies Teacher

Practicing Teacher (elem, middle or second)

Kathleen Ferguson

Jessie T. Zoller Elementary School – 2nd grade Schenectady

Practicing Teacher (elem, middle or second)

Katie Lobato

Plattekill Elementary School - TESOL Teacher

Practicing Teacher (elem, middle or second)

Derek Pope

Commack High School - Mathematics Teacher

Practicing Teacher (elem, middle or second)

Keith Wiley

Buffalo Public Schools – Mathematics Teacher

Practicing Teacher (elem, middle or second)

Patrick Wong

NYC School District – Mathematics Teacher

Administrator

Scott Brown

Leptondal Elementary School- Wallkill CSD

Administrator

Colleen Lester

Cambridge CSD

Administrator

 

 

Representation of institution that prepares teachers

Julie Gorlewski

University of Buffalo

Public

Heather Buskirk
(Sub-Committee Co-Chair)

K12 Online Learning

(Public) (Additional member than required in sub-committee membership)

David Rothfuss

NYS United Teachers

 

Higher Education Sub-Committee 2021-2022
Representation Membership Institution/Position

Co-chair (Ex-Officio, non-voting member of subcommittee)

Ginny Goatley

SUNY-Albany Professor, Dept. of Literacy Teaching and Learning

Post-Secondary Institution (that prepares teachers)

 

 

Post-Secondary Institution (that prepares teachers)

Edwin Lamboy

CUNY, The City College of NY- Interim Dean, School of Education

Post-Secondary Institution (that prepares teachers)

Joanna Masingila

Syracuse University -Dean School of Education

Post-Secondary Institution (that prepares teachers)

Dwight Manning

Teachers College – Associate Director, Office of Teacher Education

Post-Secondary Institution (that prepares teachers)

David Cantaffa

State University of New York System Administration

Administrator

Angelina Maloney

Superintendent – Brunswick Brittonkill Central School District

(Practicing Teacher) (middle and/or second))

Ricardo Colon

New York City Department of Education

Practicing Teacher (early childhood and/or childhood)

Amanda Silvestri

Hudson Falls Central School District

(Practicing Teacher) (middle and/or second)

Elizabeth Waite

(Sub-Committee, Co-Chair)

Union-Endicott Central School – Mathematics Teacher

Public Representative

Katie Kurjakovic

United Federation of Teachers

Public Representative

Pilar Sokol

NYS School Boards Association – Deputy General Counsel

Public Representative

Frank Chiachiere

Trustee-Valley Stream Board of Education

Student Representative

 

 

Member Biographies

 

Kathleen Briggs
Membership Category: Teacher
Lake Placid Elementary School
Lake Placid, New York

Ms. Briggs earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Teaching Reading from SUNY Plattsburgh. She has been employed by the Lake Placid Central School district since 1989. For the first ten years, she worked at every level teaching general and vocal music. In 1999, she began working exclusively at the elementary level teaching general music to grades K-5 and instrumental music to grades 4 and 5. She directs both a band and a chorus and is co-editor of the yearbook. She has collaborated with colleagues who teach third and fifth grade to create an integrated curriculum including music, art, and social studies. She has been a mentor to new teachers and served on many different committees. 

Ms. Briggs is active in the Lake Placid Education Association, serving as a building representative and as co-president. She has represented Zone 6 (Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties) for the New York State School Music Association and has recently serves as the Secretary to the Beta Mu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Outside of school, Ms. Briggs volunteers at events in the community and has served on the Board of Trustees to the EM Cooper Wilmington Library, holding offices of secretary, vice president, and president. She also directs a community hand bell choir. She is currently serving as secretary of the Board of Directors of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

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Scott Brown

Membership Category: Administrator

Principal K-6

Leptondale Elementary School

Wallkill Central School District

Scott Brown is the Principal of Leptondale Elementary School in the Wallkill Central School District. In his tenure as a Principal over the past 13 years he has collaborated with parents, students and teachers to promote new academic initiatives, optimize the learning atmosphere and promote a safe environment. Being a teacher, Staff Developer, and a Principal for 20 years has enabled Mr. Brown unique insight and perspective on education. He is a pragmatic and sequential thinker who has been able to work successfully within multiple school systems. 

Mr. Brown holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from SUNY New Paltz, an M.S in Educational Technology from the New York Institute of Technology and a C.A.S in Educational Leadership from Massachusetts College. He has been a member of the AFT E3TL Innovation Grant, the facilitator for the Mid-Hudson Principal Council and has been responsible for the daily operation of grades K-6 elementary buildings made up of over 425 – 700 students and 100 staff members. These opportunities have given Mr. Brown the understanding of the K-12 curriculum, state standards, and state and federal mandates. This understanding in combination with his abilities to lead and work effectively with others, allows for the development and implementation of programs that help students achieve success and develop their many talents. He continues to advocate the importance of social emotional support for students and how students and their behavior need to be viewed through different lenses.

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Brooke Burnett

Membership Category: Teacher

Ithaca City School District

Ithaca, New York

Brooke Burnett is a 3rd grade teacher at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. She has been with this school district for 17 wonderful years, starting out as a 5th grade teacher, then 3rd grade, then as a teacher on special assignment. Her niche is 3rd grade and she is happy to be back in her favorite place. 

Ms. Burnett received her Liberal Arts degree from Corning Community College. She was a dual major at Elmira College for Childhood Education and Social Studies. She then earned her master’s degree at Elmira College in General Education.

Ms. Burnett has served as the Chair and Co-chair of the Ithaca Teachers Association Social Justice Committee for several years. She worked with students at Ithaca College to develop the Student to Student mentoring program. This program matched college students of color with elementary students at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. The elementary students and their siblings spent Saturdays learning and playing with college students. Many of the former elementary students still have relationships with their college student mentors, now as adults. She currently mentors future teachers of color at SUNY Cortland for the C.U.R.E. program. She also helps lead all the student teachers from SUNY Cortland placed at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. She often works with Southside Community Center and GIAC (local community centers) to help with literacy. 

When she is not working with students, Ms. Burnett is spending time with her goddaughter, reading, enjoying nature and any excuse to go get coffee or tea!


Heather Buskirk
Membership Category: Public
Stride, Inc.
Johnstown, New York

Heather Buskirk is the Director of Instruction for Career Learning at Stride, Inc and a National Board-certified teacher. In her work at Stride, she oversees program implementation for online career learning schools throughout the country and leads development of project based learning curriculum, instruction, and professional development for virtual classrooms.

Prior to joining Stride, Ms. Buskirk was a high school physics teacher and instructional coach where she spent years exploring project-based learning first in her own classroom and then as a coach and facilitator for professional learning. She was an integral part of designing and teaching at Hamilton Fulton Montgomery BOCES Pathways in Technology (HFM PTECH), a project-based and career focused, early college high school in Johnstown, New York.  She was also a NYS Master Teacher and served on their delegation to the TeachNY Advisory Council, the Common Core Task Force, and the State Education Department's National Board Certification Work Group. 

Ms. Buskirk became a Knowles Science Teaching Fellow in 2004. She continues to work with the Knowles Teacher Initiative as a Senior Fellow and a member of their Board of Trustees.  After earning her National Board Certification in 2010, she became a candidate support provider and served on the committee to revise the National Board's Standards for Accomplished Science Teaching. 

Throughout her work, Ms. Buskirk champions teachers as agents of educational improvement and providing access to high quality educational experiences for all students. She earned a B.A. in astronomy-physics and her M.A. in teaching with a physics certification from the University of Virginia.


David T. Cantaffa

Membership Category: Higher Education Assistant Provost for Educator Preparation

System Administration of the State University of New York

Albany, New York

David Cantaffa is Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Planning, and Assessment within System Administration of the State University of New York. In this role, he leads the office charged to support all 64 SUNY campuses in their development of academic programs, including through the program registration process via the New York State Education Department. In addition to academic program development, Dr. Cantaffa is a key participant in policy and practice development and implementation for a range of academic matters. And, on behalf of SUNY, Dr. Cantaffa regularly represents System Administration within the state and nationally.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Cantaffa served as Assistant Provost for Educator Preparation at SUNY System Administration, through which his focus was educator preparation programs and policies. And, prior to his work at SUNY, Dr. Cantaffa served as Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Director of the Teacher Education Institute for the Graduate School of Education within the University at Buffalo. In addition to his administrative roles, he also served as an adjunct instructor for several education courses. And, while at the University at Buffalo, he was a member of the Board (and past chair) of the Enterprise Charter School. Prior to the University at Buffalo, Dr. Cantaffa began his career in education as a high school biology teacher at The Nichols School. His graduate studies were all completed at the University at Buffalo, where he earned a Ph.D. in social foundations of education, Ed.M. in general education within the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, and an M.A. in biochemistry, as well as completed the non-degree initial teacher education program. His undergraduate studies were completed at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he studied biology and philosophy

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Frank Chiachiere
Membership Category: Public
Trustee, Valley Stream Board of Education
Valley Stream, NY

Dr. Chiachiere has served as the President of the Valley Stream UFSD 13 Board of Education as well as President of the Valley Stream Central High School District Board of Education several times during his 26 year tenure on those boards, and was re-elected to his ninth term as a board member in 2017. As a field representative for the New York State School Boards Association, Dr. Chiachiere has visited school boards both upstate and downstate where he has conducted workshops on Roles and Responsibilities, Evaluating the Superintendent, and Goal Setting. In addition, Dr. Chiachiere is Executive Director of Metro EduServe, Inc. an educational consulting company in Malverne, NY, specializing in career coaching for school teachers wishing to become school leaders. Dr. Chiachiere is also an associate with the executive recruiting firm School Leadership LLC where he has recruited over three dozen school superintendents on Long Island and in Westchester and Dutchess Counties.

Dr. Chiachiere spent his professional career as a high school teacher, department supervisor and middle school vice principal where he honed his skills as an observer and mentor of new and seasoned teachers. Dr. Chiachiere also worked at Molloy College in Rockville Center where he supervised student teachers. Currently, Dr. Chiachiere is a member of the Graduate Faculty at Stony Brook University where he teaches a guided research seminar in the School of Professional Development. Dr. Chiachiere has been published in several educational research journals and works with The Center for Integrated Teacher Education in furthering the Center’s goal of developing the next generation of school leaders.

Dr. Chiachiere takes great pleasure volunteering his time working as a docent at the Crossroads Farm in his home town of Malverne where he has created partnerships with area schools that are interested in his Farm to Table initiative.

Dr. Chiachiere was honored by the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association as Distinguished School Board Member for the Year in 2014. Recently, StonyBrook University nominated and honored Dr. Chiachiere as Phi Delta Kappa International 2017 Friend of Education. In addition, Dr. Chiachiere chaired the NYSSBA Business Meeting in Lake Placid the autumn of 2017.

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Ricardo Colon
Membership Category: Teacher
New York City Department of Education
New York, New York

Ricardo Colon is a United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Teacher Center Instructional Coach for PS/IS 30 in New York City.  He attended Hamilton College and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  His formal journey into the profession of teaching started in 2007 when he was accepted into the NYC Teaching Fellows Program.  He received his master’s degree in childhood education that also led to a Bilingual Education extension from Brooklyn College.  

Mr. Colon’s first position was as a Dean of Students, but he found his niche teaching in a dual language 5th grade setting with students of varied instructional and linguistic needs. It was within this setting in which Mr. Colon and his students had the honor of being videotaped and highlighted on EngageNY, a New York State Education Department (NYSED) resource website used for professional development.   

In 2014, Mr. Colon served on the NYSED Commissioner’s Advisory Panel where he and other educators from New York State gathered to address concerns facing teachers in their respective cities and counties. This panel inspired him to pursue the avenue of teacher development and coaching.  In 2018, he joined the UFT Teacher Center, which is a comprehensive professional development program that promotes educator excellence and academic achievement for all students.  Through the UFT Teacher Center, he has had the honor of facilitating citywide professional development to teachers to hone their craft in Advanced Literacies and the four Hallmarks, while also having a school-based site to provide development to the teachers within the PS/IS 30 school building.  

Mr. Colon’s work today is driven by his passion to have students acquire the language necessary to be advocates of their own learning, communities, and self.  This desire creates his lens for professional development based on promoting language through culturally responsive teaching that is research based and focuses on both social-emotional needs and the biological science of brain development.

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Amaya DiGiovanni

Membership Category: Teacher Education Student

SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo, New York

Amaya DiGiovanni grew up in the small town of Delanson, New York. She attended Lincoln Elementary School in the Schenectady School District from PreK to 4th grade and later moved to Schalmont School District where she participated in athletics, honor societies, and community service events. Throughout her academic career, her was a determined and hardworking student who enjoyed swimming and reading in her free time.

After graduating top ten in her class in 2020, Ms. DiGiovanni went on to SUNY Geneseo in Geneseo, New York to study English Adolescent Education. Since she was young, she knew that she wanted to do something in the field of education because she grew up watching her mother teach students and saw the impact that a teacher could have. In her spare time, she has worked as a swim lesson instructor for young kids through the local YMCA and has served as an assistant swim coach for multiple age groups on her home team. She is looking forward to future opportunities to grow as both a person and an educator.


Juanita Dyer

Membership Category: Teacher

Syracuse City School District

Syracuse, New York

Juanita Dyer has been teaching 25 years in the Syracuse City School District (SCSD).  She is an alumni of the District and graduated from Corcoran High School where she was involved with the Yearbook Committee and Student Government. After graduating from high school, she worked as a bank teller, telephone operator, and machinist at R.E. Dietz, before returning to school to become a teacher.

In 1990, Ms. Dyer attended Education Opportunity Center (EOC) and completed college preparatory courses. She received an Associates in Humanities from Onondaga Community College (OCC) in 1992. In 1994, she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Reading in 1996 from SUNY at Oswego.

Ms. Dyer has taught grades 2 through 5 at Bellevue Elementary from 1996 to 2005.  From 2005 until 2016, she taught ELA, math, social studies, AIS, AVID, and science. In 2016, she began teaching at Grant Middle School where she has taught 6th grade math and 7th grade science. In addition, she has been teaching summer school for the past 22 years. 

Currently, Ms. Dyer is teaching 6th grade science as a SyraFuse Fellow Cohort 3, Urban Educator Mentor. She is a STA building representative, 6th Grade Team Leader, AVID Site Team member, Science NYSSLS member, PAR Panel member, and a School Leadership Team member who hosts practicum and student teachers. She also is an after school coordinator and teacher.  She is a member of the SCSD Coordinating Committee of Professional Development (CCPD) that provides professional development to SCSD staff. Currently, she is enrolled in Engaged Classroom PD and Jim Knight’s Coaching Institute.


Kathleen Ferguson

Membership Category: Teacher

Jessie T. Zoller Elementary School

Schenectady, New York

Katie Ferguson is a National Board-Certified 2nd grade teacher in Schenectady City School District. She grew up in Schenectady and proudly graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in 1992. Her college of choice was SUNY Oneonta, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Upon returning to Schenectady, Katie attended Sage Graduate School to achieve her Masters of Science in Education, became certified in Special Education, and began her career in teaching.

Katie has had a passion for teaching since she joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School of Math, Science, Technology, and Invention as a first grade teacher in 1998.  Katie began her career by embracing professional development and taking numerous additional PD courses. During this time Katie was recognized for her extensive work with videoconferencing through Project VIEW. In 2007, Katie became a part of the Jessie T. Zoller Elementary School community as a 2nd grade teacher where she was lucky enough to join the teachers in participating in a grant which enabled her to learn and grow as a literacy educator and to lead professional development in literacy. Throughout her career she has mentored new teachers. In May 2010, Katie was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Schenectady City School District, which led to her being selected as the 2012 New York State Teacher of the Year. In her role as New York State Teacher of the Year, Katie has had the opportunity to speak at colleges across the state as well as nationally, lead professional development at numerous conferences, and was fortunate to have several television appearances including Connect NY with Susan Arbetter and the WMHT American Graduate Project. She has also been named an NEA Pearson Global Learning Fellow and received the California Casualty Award for Excellence. She is a proud member of Delta Kappa Gamma and was recognized as the Delta Kappa Woman of Distinction for her chapter in 2015. Most recently Katie was fortunate to participate in a talk with teachers from around the nation, hosted by Gerard Robinson called “The Culture of Educating Our Youngest Students”, and to post a blog titled “Live, Work, and Play with our Littlest to Build Community” on the CultureFeed website.

As a teacher dedicated to advocating for other teachers and their students, Katie has also had the privilege of collaborating with teachers from around the state on both the New York State Teacher of the Year Council and (previously) on the Commissioner’s Advisory Council at the New York State Education Department. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer for Kitten Angels, read, paint, and spend time with her family.

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Andrea Fortin-Nossavage
Membership Category: Teacher
Social Studies Teacher
Niagara Falls City School District
Niagara Falls, New York

Andrea Fortin-Nossavage is a native of Western New York, and proud alum returning to teach in the same public school system which she credits for her strong educational foundation. After high school, she attended SUNY Cortland and SUNY College at Buffalo; receiving a B.S. Degree in Social Studies Education in 1991. Andrea holds three Master’s Degrees from Niagara University: Foundations and Teaching, 1996; School Counseling, 2006; and Educational Leadership- School District and School Building Leadership, 2012. In her final semester at NU, she was awarded a full tuition scholarship sponsored by the Department of Professional Studies.

Andrea is NYS Certified in the areas of Social Studies, School Counseling, School District Leadership and School Building Leadership. She has amassed and shared a wide range of experience by delivering professional development, support and training to colleagues at the Classroom, Building, District, and State level. For nearly a decade, Andrea was a Teacher on Special Assignment and Coordinator of the Mentor Program (NYS-MTIP), working out of the Teacher Resource Center. Additional duties in the District Curriculum Office allowed for extensive opportunities to support various programs, grants, and initiatives in New Teacher Induction, Curriculum, Instruction, Professional Development, and Technology Integration. Andrea served as Chairperson of the District’s Character Education Committee, Co-Facilitator of the District’s Shared Decision Making body; the Executive Quality Council. Additionally, she collaborated on the District’s Professional Development Plan, Technology Plan and Annual Professional Performance Review Plans, and maintained numerous District webpages. Andrea has served as Instructional Coach for Social Studies/ELA, and assistant to the Building Administrator for Assessment; serving as PSAT/AP Coordinator and liaison to the College Board.

In July 2016, Andrea was awarded the honor of the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. This award honors outstanding individuals who exemplify the highest standard of teaching and work to foster creativity, instill a love of learning, and inspire independent thinking and student initiative. She is currently working on achieving her National Board Certification, teaching United States History and Government, and advising the Local History Club.

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Virginia Goatley

Membership Category: Higher Education, co-chair PSPB

Professor, Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning

University at Albany

Albany, New York

Dr. Virginia Goatley is the Department Chair and a Professor in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany-SUNY.  With a goal to prevent reading and writing difficulties for children, her recent research focused on teacher preparation and professional development that supports effective classroom practice, including the accreditation and assessment of teacher preparation. In collaboration with colleagues at the Child Research and Study Center, she was co-investigator for two recent federally funded grants through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), focused on the early literacy coursework in teacher preparation programs.  From 2011-15, she was a co-investigator on a graduate level clinically rich teacher preparation grant funded by the New York State Education Department.  In her recent role as a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel, she participated in efforts to use research as a framework for improving classroom practice and the policies that influence it.

Dr. Goatley is currently a Board member (Treasurer) of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a Board member of the Literacy Research Association, and current member of the New York State Standards and Practices Board for Teaching. She was a committee member for the International Literacy Association’s Standards for Specialized Literacy Professionals (2017) and chair of the Standard #3 Assessment and Evaluation sub-committee.  She recently completed a term as the co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research, a publication of the Literacy Research Association.  Her publications have appeared in several journals including the Journal of Educational Research, Language Arts, Language and Literacy Spectrum, Reading Research Quarterly, Reading and Writing Quarterly, and The Reading Teacher. She is a co-author of Engaging Elementary Students in Disciplinary Learning and Literacy (Teachers College Press, 2014).

After teaching first grade for three years, she received her M.S. in Reading Instruction and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Literacy from Michigan State University.  A faculty member at the University at Albany since 1995, Dr. Goatley also served as the Associate Dean for Professional Studies (2003-08) and Vice Dean (2008) in the University at Albany School of Education.  In 2011-12, she was the Director of Research for the International Reading Association.

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Julie Gorlewski
Membership Category: Higher Education
Department Chair: Learning and Instruction
University of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York

Julie Gorlewski is an associate professor and the Chair of the Department of Learning and Instruction at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. In this role, she oversees elementary and secondary teacher certification programs as well as a range of master’s and doctoral programs, coordinates accreditation initiatives, conducts research, and fosters collaborative partnerships with schools in order to enhance school experiences for P-12 learners.  Her graduate studies were completed at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she earned a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education and an Ed.M. in Elementary Education. She completed her B.S. in Secondary English Education at Buffalo State College. Dr. Gorlewski is a scholar educator with New York State Permanent Certification in Secondary English Education and Elementary/Early Childhood Education.

Her teaching experiences span PreK through graduate school, and include interdisciplinary initiatives such as literacy, instructional technology, and STEM education. In higher education, she has served as an assistant professor and program director, as well as an edTPA liaison. In P-12 schools, she taught secondary English for more than a decade at a school where she established the English as a Second Language program, served as chair of P-12 English language arts, was Coordinator of Instructional Technology, and served as founding director of a high school learning center. Over the course of her career, Dr. Gorlewski has cultivated a wealth of knowledge about teacher education and development and has led numerous research initiatives related to teacher development, curriculum and assessment, and student learning.

As an educational researcher and teacher educator, Dr. Gorlewski is committed to connecting theory and practice to prepare teachers to engage in critical pedagogies that are culturally sustaining. She has published 11 books related to instructional practice, teacher education, and educational policy; two of these texts were selected for Critics Choice Awards by the American Educational Studies Association. She has authored over 20 peer reviewed manuscripts and 14 book chapters and delivered over 35 invited talks and made over 45 peer-reviewed presentations at national and international conferences. From 2013-2018, Dr. Gorlewski served as editor of English Journal, the flagship publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. She has also served as co-director of the Equity and Social Justice Conference Series (2007-2016) as well as the regional Conference on College Composition & Communication, held in Richmond, VA in 2017. 

Numerous groups and organizations have cited Dr. Gorlewski for her contributions to education. She was selected as a fellow for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Social Context in Education group, and from 2016-19 served as a section co-chair of AERA’s Curriculum Studies Division. She received the People Make a Difference award from the Cheektowaga Action Partnership, the Provost Award from the State University of New York at New Paltz, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the English Education Department at Buffalo State College.

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Amy Hysick

Membership Category: Public

New York State PTA

Albany, New York

A lifelong resident of the central NY area, Amy Hysick is certified in both biology and chemistry and proudly teaches science at her alma mater, Cicero-North Syracuse High School in the North Syracuse Central School District. She attended Binghamton University to earn both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching. 

While searching for a teaching position, Ms. Hysick worked in an environmental chemistry and microbiology laboratory. She performed chemical analyses on water, soil, and air samples; analyzed municipal drinking water; performed mold investigations and created mold remediation plans; and implemented a protocol for Anthrax detection. Though she loved her role as the technical director of the microbiology laboratory, she still longed for the classroom.  

Ms. Hysick’s teaching adventures began in the fall of 2004, where she embraced the role of lead learner in her classroom. She reads books about pedagogy constantly, goes to professional development sessions often, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation through Walden University. In her classroom, growth mindset and mastery learning are the priority, and mistakes are opportunities to learn. 

Ms. Hysick has been honored as the 2015 North Syracuse District Teacher of the Year, the 2017 NY State Teacher of the Year, 2018 California Casualty Teacher of Excellence, and 2019 PAEMST NY State Finalist. She has served on the NYS PTA’s Board of Directors for three years as the Education Coordinator, now serves as the Wellness Coordinator, and will continue to be a strong advocate for all of NY’s children.


Katie Kurjakovic
Membership Category: Public
United Federation of Teachers
New York, New York

Katie Kurjakovic serves as the English Language Learner Specialist and Assistant to the Vice President for Education for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT). She works with New York City PreK-12 educators around topics of curriculum, instruction, and professional learning.  For the past three years, she has facilitated a UFT focus group of New York City teachers that meets monthly to address issues that concern English Language Learners (ELLs) and their educators.  

Ms. Kurjakovic also serves as chair of the Committee on English Language Learners for New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).  Katie has participated in several New York State Education Department (NYSED) initiatives, including the Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS) Review Committee for Early Childhood and the New York State Board of Regents Early Childhood Workgroup’s Blue Ribbon Committee Focus Group on Strengthening Early Childhood Teachers and Leaders.  As a member of NYSED’s Professional Learning Team, she provided recommendations for the NGLS rollout and revisions to New York State’s professional learning regulations. 

Prior to joining the UFT in 2017, Ms. Kurjakovic taught English as a new language for 25 years at P.S. 11, a linguistically rich K-6 school in Woodside, Queens. She provided stand-alone as well integrated instruction for multilingual learners, including students with disabilities.  She has provided professional learning at the school level as well as presenting at city, state and national conferences. She received her B.A. from Barnard College and holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Hunter College.

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Edwin Lamboy
Membership Category: Higher Education
Interim Dean: The City College of New York School of Education
New York, New York

Dr. Edwin M. Lamboy received his B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, his M.S.Ed. from Lehman College (CUNY), and his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. He has been at The City College of New York (CCNY) since 2008, where he has served as Secondary Spanish Education Program Director, Secondary Education Department Chair, and School of Education Interim Associate Dean. Currently, he serves as School of Education Interim Dean. Previously, he taught at Montclair State University, where he directed the Spanish Basic Language Program for seven years, and at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Lamboy’s publications include four books: Caribbean Spanish in the Metropolis: A Study of the Spanish Language among Cubans, Dominicans, and Puerto Ricans in the New York City Area (2004); Temas (2006), a textbook used to teach elementary Spanish; Spanish in Bilingual and Multilingual Settings around the World (2012); and Spanish across Domains in the United States: Education, Public Space, and Social Media (2020). Additionally, he has published several articles on Spanish in the United States, the teaching of Spanish to heritage learners, and Puerto Rican identity. As Director of the CCNY Secondary Spanish Education Program, he advises undergraduate and graduate candidates pursuing grades 7-12 Spanish Initial certification. Also, he was responsible for developing and registering the graduate program, which attracts candidates of many different academic backgrounds. His teaching experience includes Methods of Teaching Spanish in Secondary Schools, Teaching Writing and Reading in Spanish, Spanish Grammar and Its Pedagogy, Curriculum Design in Secondary Spanish, Teaching Heritage Learners of Spanish, and several Spanish linguistics courses.

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Colleen Lester
Membership: Administrator
Principal
Cambridge Central School District
Cambridge, New York

Since 2009, Colleen Lester has served as the Elementary Principal and CSE chair at Cambridge Central School. Before coming to Cambridge, Colleen was the principal at Jansen Avenue Elementary School in the Johnstown City School District. Prior to the principalship, she taught middle and high school in the Clarence Central School District.

Colleen received her B.A. from Saint Bonaventure University. She completed her graduate work, a Master of Science in Social Studies Education and Certificate of Advanced Leadership in Educational Leadership at the State University College at Buffalo. She is NYS certified in the areas of Elementary Education, Social Studies, School District Administration and School Administration and Supervision.

Colleen has a strong interest in teacher leadership and supporting professional learning for current and pre-service teachers. As a teacher and administrator, she has been involved in a myriad of policy and committee work, including mentoring, professional development and professional performance and review.

Colleen is a member of the National Association of School Principals and the Council of New York State Special Education Administrators. She is involved in several PLCs and professional networks with her teaching staff as well as other regional school leaders. Last year she was awarded the SAANYS Excelsior Award for commitment to excellence and outstanding contribution to the community and educational process.

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Katie Lobato

Membership Category: Teacher

Plattekill Elementary School

Plattekill, New York

With a B.A. in Inclusion Elementary and Special Education from Niagara University in 2001, Katie Lobato began her career as a middle school teacher of Spanish as a foreign language in Hyde Park. In 2007 with her M.S. in Education from SUNY New Paltz, Ms. Lobato switched to the field of TESOL and currently teaches English as a New Language in the Wallkill Central School District.  Ms. Lobato has over 20 years of classroom experience with a focus on collaborative co-teaching in grades K-8.  As a Mentor Teacher, Ms. Lobato has led professional development opportunities, designed ENL curriculum, and continues to help coordinate district wide ENL parent and family events. She has also served as a cooperating teacher for future TESOL educators.

As a member of the Ulster BOCES Title III Consortium team, Ms. Lobato has been a presenter for designing successful Student Learning Academies. She has developed curriculum and project- based learning experiences to help meet the needs of English Language Learners at both the elementary and secondary levels.  Ms. Lobato serves on a variety of school and district committees and is an advocate for bringing the spotlight to culturally and linguistically relevant teaching practices district wide.  Ms. Lobato has been an active member of the NYSUT Subject Area Committee for English language Learners since 2014.

With a passion for volunteer service, Ms. Lobato serves as a liaison for Spanish speaking families in the community. She dedicates countless hours teaching families how to gain access to programs and resources. As a dedicated advocate for all students, her goal is to continue to improve resources and enhance understanding of our diverse learning community.

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Angelina Maloney
Membership Category: Administrator
Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District
Troy, New York

Dr. Angelina Maloney is a superintendent in the Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District in Rensselaer County, New York.  She has been in the field of education for over 20 years, starting as a chemistry and physics teacher as well as teaching middle school science and University in the High School classes.

Dr. Maloney received her Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She earned her Doctor of Education Leadership degree from Sage College, and Advanced Study of Educational Administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She received her M.S. in Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology from University at Albany and her B.A. in Chemistry Education from The College of St. Rose.

Dr. Maloney is on the Council of Delegates for The New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) and an Executive Board Member for Member of Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA).  Additionally, she is on the President of The College of St. Rose Alumni Association. She is also active with the Sage College, serving students and supporting the Doctor of Education Leadership program as an executive coach and adjunct professor.

When she is not working with students, Dr. Maloney enjoys spending time with her family in their home in Speigletown, NY.  She is also an active New York State EMT who volunteers with her local fire department and serves on the Board of Commissioners.  

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Dwight Manning

Membership Category: Higher Education

Associate Director, Office of Teacher Education,

Teachers College

New York, New York

Dr. Dwight C. Manning, a first-generation college graduate, has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, teacher educator, and administrator. He holds Lifetime Teacher Certification from the Texas Education Agency and taught middle school band in the Garland Independent School District. While still in graduate school, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia and rose to the rank of tenured Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty. In 2008, he won a competitive Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. In 2010, he relocated to New York City to accept a position as Senior Lecturer and Music Education Program Director in the Arts and Humanities Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. He was appointed to the New York State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching in 2016.

Dr. Manning currently serves as Associate Director for Assessment, Outreach and Programming Support, and edTPA Coordinator in the Office of Teacher Education at Teachers College, where he supports teacher candidate preparation of certification assessments; serves as liaison between internal offices and the New York City Department of Education, the New York State Education Department, and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities; manages international programs; and engages in research presentations disseminating institutional findings in wider educational contexts.

Dr. Manning earned a bachelor’s degree in education (cum laude) at the University of Texas at El Paso; master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma; and his doctorate degree at the University of North Texas. His research, peer-reviewed articles, and critical editions appear in four languages in professional journals and in library holdings worldwide. He has served on conference selection committees and presented at professional conferences of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), European Educational Research Association (EERA), and New York State Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYACTE-NYSATE).

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Joanna Masingila
Membership Category: Higher Education
Dean of the School of Education
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Joanna Masingila is Dean of the School of Education at Syracuse University and a professor of mathematics and mathematics education. She is a dual faculty member in the School of Education (Department of Teaching and Leadership) and the College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Mathematics). In 2003, she was named a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. She has been at Syracuse University since finishing her Ph.D. in mathematics education at Indiana University-Bloomington in 1992. Prior to her doctoral work, she taught secondary mathematics for six years in Indiana.

Her research interests include teacher development, teacher educator development, mathematical knowledge for teaching teachers, and students’ out-of-school mathematics practice. She is or has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over $6.7 million in grants, including six from the National Science Foundation and two from the United States Agency for International Development. Masingila has published widely in journals and books, and has developed a number of multimedia case studies examining issues in teaching practice. In 1998, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and also spent Fall 2011 on research leave there. Masingila has worked extensively with teachers and teacher educators on professional development and research activities in Kenya for more than 20 years.

Masingila is active in policy and advocacy work for teacher and leader education at the local, state and national levels. She served as President Elect, President and then Past President of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE).


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Sheilah Paul

Membership Category: Higher Education

Dean, Medgar Evers College of CUNY

Brooklyn, New York

Dr. Sheilah Marion Paul, the Founding Dean of the nationally accredited School of Education at Medgar Evers College (MEC) of the City University of New York, is a former Acting Dean, Associate Dean, Department Chair, and Professor of Education. She provides oversight and guidance for the School’s undergraduate teacher preparation associate and baccalaureate degrees and certification programs.

Dr. Paul is the Board Chair for the Ella Baker/Charles Romain Child Development Center. She also has primary responsibility for the College’s Student Success Academy and its P-12 partnership initiatives. The initiatives include the MEC Brooklyn Pipeline Initiative that enhances the college-ready experiences of P-12 learners, as well as the College Now and Smart Scholars programs that provide dual-credit opportunities for high school students.

Dr. Paul is an active member of several divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and made feature presentations at conferences in Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Dubai, and South Africa. Her peer-reviewed published manuscripts on Outcomes of Students with Disabilities in Developing Countries earned her the invitation as a Speaker to the UN Council Chambers on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2014.

Dr. Paul’s emphasis on culturally responsive pedagogy aided in the transformation of special education in developing countries, evidenced by her roles on External Advisory Boards, as well as her contributions as Program Developer, Program Reviewer, and Professional Development Workshop Facilitator in several Caribbean countries, with features on both television and print media. Other international contributions include serving as an Accreditation Assessor for teacher education programs and being one of five International Assessors for the Institutional Accreditation of the University of the West Indies (2019). Nationally, Dr. Paul served as a Program Reviewer for institutional undergraduate and graduate degree teacher preparation programs, and on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Students with Disabilities Standard Setting Committee. She also worked as a habilitation specialist, counselor, and diagnostician for children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities in provider agencies in New York City.

After graduating from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in Psychology and English, Dr. Paul completed her graduate studies at Columbia University Teachers College. She holds three Master’s degrees: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Developmental Psychology, Master of Education (Ed.M.) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Special Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Special Education from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Paul has a unique blend as a leader, educator, and practitioner: an experienced administrator, teacher educator, special educator, program and institutional accreditation coordinator, as well as a former clinician in educational and psychological assessments, interventions, and habilitation services for individuals with disabilities.


Derek Pope

Membership Category: Teacher

Commack High School

Commack, New York

Derek Pope is a teacher at Commack High school, where he has taught multiple levels of mathematics, including International Baccalaureate courses, for the past twelve years. For the past three years he has also worked as an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University, where he teaches courses in methods for teaching mathematics to undergraduate and graduate students. Besides working with pre-service teachers in this capacity, he has hosted student teachers and observers, and worked as a mentor.

Mr. Pope is a National Board Certified Teacher as well as a NYS Master Teacher. In the beginning of his career he was a Teaching Fellow for the Knowles Teaching Initiative and continues to work with them as a Senior Fellow. As a classroom teacher, Mr. Pope is passionate about using various tools to teach his students to understand mathematics conceptually. He recently published an article in NCTM’s Mathematics Teacher journal highlighting one example of how technology can be used to help students understand mathematics more deeply. Beyond the classroom, Mr. Pope has led professional development experiences in his district, notably using the method of “lesson study” as a tool for professional growth. Mr. Pope holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Seton Hall University and an M.A.T. in Mathematics from Stony Brook University.

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David Rothfuss
Membership Category: Public Member
New York State United Teachers
Albany, New York

David Rothfuss holds permanent New York State certification in elementary education and special education and is currently an Associate in Research and Education Services for New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). He works on a wide range of federal and state educational policy issues with expertise in services for students with disabilities, teacher certification and evaluation, and educational technology.

Mr. Rothfuss currently serves the Department as a member of the University of the State of New York Technology Policy and Practices Council (USNY TPPC), the New York State Alternate Assessment Educator Advisory Panel (NYSAA EAP), and the P12 Digital Learning Advisory Council. He also regularly attends the meetings of the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel (CAP) for Special Education Services as a public observer.

Prior to coming to NYSUT, Mr. Rothfuss was a 14-year member of the NYS Education Department (SED) staff. While at SED, he gained extensive experience addressing statewide special education program concerns and the provision of appropriate services for students with disabilities.

Mr. Rothfuss began his career as an early childhood and special education teacher and has worked in in a variety of educational settings in NYS and Colorado.

 

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Amanda Silvestri

Membership Category: Teacher
Shenendehowa Central School District
Clifton Park, New York

Amanda Silvestri is originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned her BS in Human Development and Learning from Lynchburg College, and her MS in Teacher Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. Immediately following graduation from Lynchburg College, Amanda began her career in elementary education teaching kindergarten at Smith Station Elementary School, located in the Spotsylvania County School District, in Spotsylvania, Virginia. After moving to New York State, Amanda became the Director of the Thelma P. Lally Childcare Center in Scotia, New York. In the fall of 2008, Amanda began teaching kindergarten in the Hudson Falls Central School District. Beginning in 2012, she took on the role of kindergarten grade level coordinator. While in this role, Amanda enjoyed working with fellow colleagues to help strengthen and foster faculty and student engagement practices and assist in the process of effective teacher development. During this time she appreciated her administrative teacher leadership roles in addition to her teaching, as she truly loved to share her limitless passion for teaching and learning with others.

While serving in her role as a kindergarten teacher, as well as her administrative role as grade level coordinator, Amanda also created, presented and participated in a vast array of faculty development initiatives, and other professional development opportunities within her district, region, and the state. She served as a mentor teacher within the Hudson Falls Central School District. Amanda was also selected to be a contributing member of the Washington County School District Collaborative in 2015. She was also a member of the Hudson Falls Central School District’s Learning Team during this time.

In 2017, Amanda began a new role within the Hudson Falls Central School District. She was appointed to the position of Instructional Coach and Coordinator for the district. In this role her focus was strengthening the literacy programming for the primary grade levels. This new positon took Amanda out of the classroom and allowed her to focus on building relationships with teachers throughout the district while supporting their instructional needs. 

In 2019, Amanda began teaching Fifth Grade in the Shenendehowa Central School District. This role allowed Amanda to continue to pursue her passion for teaching and learning in a new and exciting school district.  Currently, she is a member of the Karigon Elementary School’s “School Climate and Culture Committee” as well as the Karigon Elementary School’s “Parent Teacher Partnership Committee”.

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Pilar Sokol
Membership Category: Public
Deputy General Counsel
New York State School Boards Association
Albany, New York

Pilar Sokol, Esq. is deputy general counsel to the New York State School Boards Association.  She holds a B.A. in history from the College of the Sacred Heart in Santurce, Puerto Rico and a J.D. from Albany Law School, in Albany, New York where she was a member of the Albany Law Review.  First joining the Association in 1989, she returned following a two-year absence to work in private practice representing school districts.  Prior to joining the Association, Ms. Sokol clerked for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department.  Before attending law school, she worked on Wall Street, primarily in the area of investor relations.

Ms. Sokol is the editor of the Association’s School Law publication, and a frequent lecturer for the Association and other organizations on legal issues related to public education. She also writes for the Association publications on targeted topics, such as “ESSA in New York: A Guide for the Implementation of the School Accountability Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act” and “COVID-19 and Public Education in New York: Some Frequently Asked Questions”.

In addition, she has been a member of the New York State Education Department’s Title I committee of practitioners for over 15 years.  Ms. Sokol is a current member of the New York State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching. Throughout the years she also has served on many other Department workgroups, such as the ESSA Think Tank, the APPR Task Force, and the Race to the Top Sustainability workgroup, among others.  Ms. Sokol is a member of the Council of School Attorneys of the National School Boards Association where she serves as an officer of the Council’s board of directors and as a member of the Council’s Special Education Task Force.  She is also a member of the board of directors of the New York State Association of School Attorneys.

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Elizabeth Waite
Membership Category: Teacher; co-chair Higher Education subcommittee
Mathematics Teacher
Union-Endicott Central School District
Endicott, New York

Ms. Waite has been a mathematics teacher in New York State since 1990.  Her current position is a teacher of AP Calculus and Geometry at Union-Endicott High School. Prior to teaching at Union-Endicott, she was a mathematics teacher at Binghamton High School and East Middle School in Binghamton, New York. She also spent three semesters as an adjunct professor of mathematics at SUNY Broome.

Ms. Waite has experience teaching all levels and types of mathematics, ranging from 7th grade math to AP Calculus. She has taught math to students in co-taught classrooms, classrooms consisting entirely of English language learners, classrooms with adult learners, and classrooms filled with students on an accelerated math pathway. Throughout these diverse experiences, she has had the opportunity to teach using traditional schedules, semester block schedules, and double period lab-based schedules.

Over the years, Ms. Waite has been an active leader in mathematics education, volunteering in numerous positions for the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS). She has served on the AMTNYS Executive Board many times, and since 1997 her service to AMTNYS has included a multitude of capacities, such as presenting workshops to other teachers, coordinating the Annual Fall Conference in 2012, and serving as President for the 2015-2016 academic year.

In addition to volunteering in the state level professional organization for mathematics teachers, in the past she has worked with the New York State Education Department on various projects including being a member of the Math Content Advisory Panel for the Common Core, reviewing Algebra 1 modules, working on the Integrated Algebra Format Committee, and being involved in the review process for several Regents exams.  She is the teacher presenter on a video curriculum module for College Board AP Calculus and is the co-author of a Barron’s Geometry book.  Ms. Waite is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma society promoting leadership of women in education and is a recipient of the Yale Outstanding Educator Award. She is a current member of the New York State Standards and Practices Board for Teaching.

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Cindy Walter

Membership Category: Administrator

Executive Director of Career Education TST BOCES

Ithaca, New York

As the Executive Director of Career Education at TST BOCES in Ithaca, New York, Ms. Walter oversees the career and technical education of 8 school districts across the region, the PTECH high school, and Adult Education. She is passionate about helping all students use their intelligence to find their purpose and contribution to society.

As the Executive Director of Career Education at TST BOCES in Ithaca, New York, Ms. Walter oversees the career and technical education of 8 school districts across the region, the PTECH high school, and Adult Education. She is passionate about helping all students use their intelligence to find their purpose and contribution to society.

Ms. Walter believes in the importance of teachers understanding the science behind teaching and being monitored on how to be impactful for students as a whole.  She is a mother of 4 children with all different intelligences and a wife to a husband who is in the trades. Through her experience as a mother, wife, teacher, special education coach (bringing best practices to all students), literacy coach, regional staff developer, elementary principal, and now a leader of leaders and program developer, she has developed a deep understanding of the impact of teaching and learning.

It is vital to reach all students and tap into their given intelligence. Intelligence should not be defined one way! If she could impact on one thing over the course of her career, it would be to impact teaching and learning for ALL students and to help them find the career they were meant to be in. This impact starts with engaging students in the essential elements of instruction to spark their interest in learning. Ms. Walter is a continuous learner, a coach and a mentor to help others become the best they can be.


Keith Wiley

Membership Category: Teacher Buffalo Public Schools
Mathematics Teacher

Houghton Academy
Buffalo, NY

Keith Wiley has taught 7th and 8th grade Mathematics at Houghton Academy for 16 years. Prior to that he was in venture capital and investment banking. In response to growing concern with helping Buffalo’s inner-city students pass the New York State Math A Regents exam, Mr. Wiley began tutoring high school students in preparation for the exam. His 100% success rate was noticed by parents, students and members of the Buffalo Board of Education. Mr. Wiley has experience teaching all levels of Mathematics from 7th grade to college Calculus. He has taught in co-teaching environments, 8th grade advanced algebra classes, single gender classes and semester block schedules.

In 2013, Mr. Wiley led Houghton Academy students, with an 85% poverty rate, in the Buffalo City School Middle School Math League competition and toppled one of the top ranked schools in the nation, City Honors. This tremendous accomplishment was recognized and featured on the front page of the Buffalo News Sunday September 22, 2013 edition entitled. “An Underdog Story of Academic Glory.” Four years later, on May 19, 2017, Houghton Academy won the League Championship again. Over the past seven years, Mr. Wiley has served as an Adjunct Professor at Medaille College, teaching Math Methods for undergraduate and graduate teaching candidates. He has won numerous awards including the Buffalo News 2014 Outstanding Citizen Award.

Mr. Wiley has a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Canisius College, a M.B.A. in Finance from Canisius College; and a Secondary Math certificate from Canisius College.

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Patrick Wong
Membership Category: Teacher
International High School at LaGuardia Community College
New York, New York

Mr. Wong received his B.S. and M.A.T. in Mathematics from Stony Brook University and is dually certified in Mathematics and Special Education. He has been a mathematics teacher at the International High School at LaGuardia Community College for the past thirteen years. He was the Course Coordinator Assistant who supervised teaching assistants and helped improve the quality of the remedial program in the Math Department. 

Prior to becoming a high school teacher, Mr. Wong had taught introductory level math courses at Stony Brook University, including Elements of Problem Solving and Calculus courses to high school students and incoming freshman. He also worked closely with the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program.

Mr. Wong is passionate about helping students who come from diverse backgrounds. At his current school, where all students are English language learners, he has held different leadership positions such as Coordinator of Student Activities, Junior Portfolio Coordinator, and Personnel Committee Chair. As a veteran math teacher in the school, he also shares his expertise and best practices with his colleagues and new teachers.  He also has provided professional development workshops to faculty members. Mr. Wong is currently a Master Teacher in the Math for America fellowship. 

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Schedule and Meeting Rooms
Professional Standards & Practices Board for Teaching 2021-2022
Date Meeting Room Breakout Room

 May 20, 2021

Virtual Meeting

 

September 23 -24,  2021

Virtual Meeting

 

November 18-19, 2021

EB 5A/B

EB 311

December 16, 2021

Virtual Meeting

 

February 17-18, 2022

Virtual Meeting

 

March 24-25, 2022

Virtual Meeting

 

April 21, 2022

Virtual Meeting

 

May 23-24, 2022

EB 5A/B

EB 311

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