West Science Teacher Named Master Teacher

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Smithtown High School West science teacher Kimberly William has been named a Master Teacher as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Master Teacher Program. She joins the more than 908 educators across New York State who teach science, technology, engineering and math courses including advanced placement, honors, Regents and International Baccalaureate levels. 

All Master Teachers are active beyond their classrooms, serving as curriculum department leaders or on district committees. 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.

“I still can't believe how fortunate I am to have been surrounded by such sharing, caring, and inspiring educators throughout my career, and now in the Master Teacher Program,” Williams said. “I am so excited to work with them and would strongly encourage our fabulous teachers at Smithtown to apply and join the group, too. Even if you love what you do, and you think your passion for teaching can't possibly get any stronger, you will still be amazed at what happens when you are surrounded by others who can’t wait to share their ideas with you and learn from you! It has already been such an energizing, positive experience. I am thrilled to walk into my classroom every day and think about what I do from a different lens, to share new ideas with colleagues, and collaborate with new ways to engage our entire Smithtown community.”

Kimberly Williams has been teaching for 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology/marine science and master’s degree in coastal oceanography at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook. She is certified in 7-12 earth science, biology and general science 6-8 with a 4-5 grade extension and is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Stony Brook.

During 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.