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Masters Teachers!

January 10, 2023

Congratulations are in order for three Smithtown Central School District teachers who are now Masters Teachers!

Accompsett and Great Hollow Middle School science teacher Louis Mincieli, Smithtown Elementary School STEM specialist Kelly Bigliani and Mt. Pleasant Elementary School STEM specialist Kathy Smerechniak have each earned the honor.

The New York State Master Teacher Program is a professional network of more than 1400 outstanding public school K-12 STEM teachers throughout the state who share a passion for their own STEM learning and for collaborating with colleagues to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders. 

Director of Science K-12 Dr. Stephanie O'Brien says "It is an extremely rigorous program and Smithtown is excited to have these three teachers recognized for the outstanding work they continually engage in."  

Mr. Mincieli is in his sixth year working in Smithtown. He teaches Science 7, Science 8, and Project Lead the Way: Medical Detectives. 
“I am excited to network with other Master Teachers and explore new topics that I would not have the opportunity to otherwise.” 

Ms. Bigliani has been an elementary teacher in Smithtown for 27 years. She is currently the STEM specialist at Smithtown Elementary School. Ms. Bigliani is also a Master Teacher for Project Lead the Way.

Ms. Smerechniak has been an elementary teacher in Smithtown Central School District for 24 years. She is currently the STEM specialist at Mt. Pleasant Elementary. She says she hopes to give her students a “strong foundation in STEM” and encourages them to be lifelong learners.

Congratulations to Louis, Kelly and Kathy!

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