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High school math teacher Richelle Schettine named NYS ‘master teacher’



screen grab of YouTube video featuring Richelle Schettine
Oct. 27, 2017 -- Marcellus High School math teacher Richelle Schettine was among the 214 educators across the state recently named “master teachers” by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The incoming group of master teachers – which includes 26 teachers with certification in two STEM content disciplines and 14 teachers certified in technology education offering various courses in computer science and technology – brings the total number in New York state to 908.

“I'm truly honored to be selected to join such a talented group of teachers,” Ms. Schettine said. “I look forward to collaborating with these individuals in order to grow, learn and become more innovative as an educator.”

These newest master teachers are dedicated professionals who teach science, technology, engineering and math courses, including advanced placement, honors, Regents and International Baccalaureate levels. The selected master teachers have been in the teaching profession an average of 13 years. Over 65 percent have been in the classroom for 10 or more years, and 10 percent have been teaching for more than 20 years. They represent 140 school districts and teach at the middle and high school levels. Many master teachers developed interdisciplinary STEM courses in their districts and use resources in their local communities to encourage more students to pursue STEM studies and careers.

Mrs. Schettine joins fellow Marcellus faculty members Dianna Joslyn and Ellen Spencer, who were previously named master teachers.

“We are so pleased to celebrate Richelle as she joins a distinguished group of master teachers across New York state,” Marcellus Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner said. “The professional development she will both receive and give will allow opportunities to impact our students' instructional experiences. Richelle continues to show herself as someone who values not only her content area but making it relevant by connecting students to how math is used in our world. Congratulations, Richelle!"

All master teachers are active beyond their classrooms, serving as curriculum department leaders or on district committees. They are also sponsors of STEM clubs, Science Olympiad competitions, robotics teams and school community service organizations, as well as coaches, school gardeners and PTA members. The master teachers hold leadership roles in New York state STEM professional associations, and many have received awards and public recognition for their teaching from their peers and communities.

Ms. Schettine earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and her master’s from Le Moyne College. She has taught math at Marcellus High School since 2006. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Onondaga Community College, has coached volleyball and has served as a math club adviser and coach.

"I congratulate all 214 educators who have joined the program during this latest round, and look forward to their success as they continue to shape and inspire the next generation of Empire State leaders," Governor Cuomo said. "The Master Teacher Program has already recognized and supported the growth of more than 900 teachers across the state, and with the opening of the next round of applications, we look forward to honoring these outstanding STEM teachers."
Throughout their four-year participation in the program, master teachers:
  • Receive a $15,000 stipend annually;
  • Engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year;
  • Work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers; and
  • Attend required regional cohort meetings, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year. 


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