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    Preparing STEM Master Teacher Fellows in the Greater New York City Area

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    Launch with Mercy School of Education and School District Partners: Yonkers Public Schools, Port Chester/Rye Union Free School District, Elmsford Union Free School District, City School District of New Rochelle
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    Induction of Cohort 2 with NSF grant Principal Investigators: Dr. Amanda Gunning, Dr. Meghan Marrero, Dr. Renee Haskew-Layton, Dr. Marion Ben-Jacob, Dr. Elena Nitecki
Explore the Center for STEM Education

STEM Master Teacher Fellows participated in a one-week intensive Professional Development entitled Teaching the Environment.  Set on the banks of the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak and Sarah Lawrence College campus, this collaborative program had an interdisciplinary curriculum including hands-on workshops and field trips to Hudson River community-based organizations. Under the theme of Discovering Urban Landscapes, the program featured experiential workshops ranging from the arts to physical and social sciences.


Johanna Vasquez using a paint chip to match a color in nature

Preparing STEM Master Teacher Fellows in the Greater New York City Area

This intensive program of STEM pedagogy courses and professional experiences will prepare 14 in-service K-12 teachers of math and science to become quality STEM Teacher Leaders, with the goal of improving K-12 STEM instruction in four partner high-needs school districts through leadership projects. 

These Fellows will be supported during a five-year period by scholarships, tuition waivers, and mentoring by faculty from the Mercy College School of Education; the Center for STEM Education; and community partners: New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak (CURB).

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A National Science Foundation funded project (Award No. 1758317)



Community Partners

We are pleased to partner with these STEM Education Centers:

Sarah Lawrence
Center for the Urban River River at Beczak









We are pleased to partner with these local school districts:

Elmsford School District LogoElmsford Union Free School District 




New Rochelle School District LogoCity School District of New Rochelle





Yonkers School District LogoYonkers Public Schools  



Port Chester Rye School DistrictPort Chester-Rye Union Free School District




From May 5-12 you can participate in the National Science Foundation's STEM for All Video Showcase online! This year's theme is: STEM for All: Learning from Research and Practice. Watch our video to see how Mercy College STEM Master Teacher Fellows are developing their STEM teaching practice and supporting their students. Please vote for our submission for the Public Choice Award!


Congratulations to Cohort 2 of STEM Master Teacher Fellows, who were inducted on September 5, 2019.
From left: Daniella Kay (Port Chester); Maureen Corrigan-Connell (Yonkers); Virginia Peterson (Port Chester); Terri Agravat (New Rochelle); Anny Vanegas (New Rochelle); Christian Esposito (Yonkers);.Anjinette Piccirella (Yonkers - not pictured)

On January 23, 2019, we introduced our first cohort of teachers (left to right): Marguerita Street (Yonkers); Kiowa Garcia (Yonkers); Michelyn Goodin (Yonkers); Julianna Shallo (Elmsford); Richard MacLeish (Elmsford); Johanna Vasquez (New Rochelle); Lindsay Chudoba (Port Chester)

Program Components
  • 3 grant-funded Mercy College graduate courses (nine credits) in STEM pedagogy:
    • Enhancing Mathematics with STEM
    • Engineering for the Classroom
    • Leadership in STEM Education 
  • Mentorship by Mercy College faculty and community partners
  • Grant-funded salary supplement of at least $10,000 per year
  • Week-long summer Teaching the Environment workshop through CURB
  • Monthly Fellow meetings
  • Fellows must engage in leadership projects at their school - Projects must be active and measurable, e.g., completing a lesson study model with other Chemistry teachers or revising 7th grade math curricula to include programming applications (mini-grants available to support Fellow leadership projects)
  • Present leadership project at Mercy College annual STEM Education Conference
Application Requirements
  • Must be an in-service math or science teacher in grade K-12 in a high-needs, partner school district
    • Elmsford Union Free School District
    • New Rochelle City School District
    • Yonkers Public Schools
    • Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District
  • Principal recommendation
  • Five-year commitment to teaching in a high-needs district after completion of fellowship