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New York State Master Teachers Stacey Sebert and Connie Woytowich.

Sebert, Woytowich Named NYS Master Teachers

Connie Woytowich (Colonie Central High School) and Stacey Sebert (Sand Creek Middle School have been selected as New York State Master Teachers by the State University of New York.

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.

Connie 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.

Woytowich looks forward to working with other Master Teachers to help maximize the educational opportunities for all students, and her self-developed philosophy on education and approach to life is to do everything with hard work and L.O.V.E.™ in mind (Learning, Order, Victory, and Enthusiasm)!

Stacey Sebert graduated cum laude from the University at Stony Brook with a B.S. in Biology, concentrating in the areas of Marine Biology and Medicine. During this time, she conducted research on how pollutants, such as Mercury, affected clam populations in the Long Island Sound.

She received her MS in Biology Education at the University at Albany. During graduate school, Sebert worked with the Capital Region Science Education Partnership (CRSEP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) developing science curriculum for elementary school teachers.

In the classroom for more than 14 years, Sebert currently teaches middle school Physical and Earth Science to seventh and eighth graders. She has also taught night school biology to adults looking to get into the nursing field. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Sebert has coached students in the Kid Wind Competition, built new science curriculum for English Language Learners, and is an instructor at Camp Invention.

She is also the only teacher in New York certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to run the Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, and Project WET professional development workshops. Not only is Sebert a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS), she is also a member of the New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA) and a Maitland Simmons Award winner, the only teacher in New York who has won this award.

Sebert is excited to work with other Master Teachers, trying to get teachers and students animated about STEM, and preparing students for a possible future in STEM.