Broadalbin-Perth Middle School math teacher Nichole Sullivan has been named a New York State Master Teacher.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the Master Teacher Program in partnership with the State University of New York and Math for America. The program celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers who make up an expert community. Master teachers are charged with developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities.
Sullivan joins BPMS science teachers Michael Nacheman and Anita Stabrowski, who also hold the distinction of master teachers. Sullivan said she was inspired by her colleagues to pursue her place in the program. She saw her colleagues return from their conferences or professional learning communities with innovative lessons, technology and teaching strategies.
“As teachers, I believe we are lifelong learners,” Sullivan says. “In this profession, some of the best professional development comes from our peers. This program allows you to interact and learn from the best STEM teachers in the state. How could that not be exciting?”
The process of becoming a Master Teacher involves a thorough examination of each teacher’s portfolio of work, along with interviews.
Sullivan has taught at B-P for the past six years. She currently teaches algebra and eighth grade math. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education from SUNY Potsdam. After college, she became a camp director at Camp Scully. She says it was an experience that led her to be the type of teacher she is today. While teaching at B-P, Sullivan received her master’s degree in special education from the College of St. Rose.