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two women honor Woytowich

CCHS teacher Connie Woytowich (center) is honored by NYS Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (left) and Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen as a 2017 Woman of Distinction.

CCHS' Teacher Woytowich Named 2017 Woman of Distinction

Colonie Central High School Science teacher Connie Woytowich was recognized by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen as a 2017 Woman of Distinction. Woytowich was honored with the "Excellence in Education Award."

Assemblywoman Woerner of the 113th Assembly District sought nominations during Women's History Month, as she asserts it as "a time to celebrate our past and recognize the women in our community who do so much to make a difference."

Woytowich was nominated by a mother from her PTA unit where Woytowich volunteers as PTA President and Girl Scout Troop where she serves as Treasurer. Woytowich was also selected as a NYS Master Teacher this past fall. 

The NYSMT Program celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities, with the central idea that introducing motivated teachers to like-minded professionals and high-quality growth experiences keeps our best teachers in the classroom.

Woytowich teaches her students how to learn secondary level chemistry and biology at her alma mater, Colonie Central High School, where she has served on several committees at the building and district levels.

Woytowich holds four degrees from the University at Albany (cum laude B.S., M.S., C.A.S., C.A.S.), is Co-Director of Camp Invention, and has led professional development sessions as a lead learner in the Colonie High School Professional Learning Community. Woytowich has developed an elective course called Personal Genetics for high school students interested in learning about new technologies and ethical issues regarding genetics research and its applications.

Woytowich also serves her home district as the PTA President for her unit, where she developed and continues to chair the STEM Expo at the elementary level for the past five years. Moreover, she has written grants that have been awarded to the STEM Lab, which provide materials and resources for STEM instruction.