Kirsten Meyers, a seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher at Merton Williams Middle School in Hilton, recently was named a state Master Teacher.
The Master Teacher network consists of outstanding teachers recognized for their dedication to providing the most innovative science, technology, education and mathematics education to their students; their commitment to professional growth; and their enthusiasm for sharing their successful practices with colleagues in their schools, districts and regions.
Master Teachers must participate in 50 hours of professional development work in addition to their regular school responsibilities, and receive a $15,000 yearly stipend.
Meyers earned her Bachelor of Science in biology, general science and secondary education from Grove City College, and her Master of Science in education and adolescence biology from The College at Brockport. She started teaching at Merton Williams in 2003.
Meyers co-advises National Junior Honor Society, is on the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports committee, coaches the middle school volleyball team, and chaperones the eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C. She writes science curriculum and is a Category 2 trained International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program teacher.
Meyers said she most looks forward to meeting science educators from across the state and furthering her practice through participating in high level science professional development. She joins her colleagues Nicole Coppola, Stephen Cudzilo, Reggie Gerig, Jennifer Howell and Mike Szczepanik as Master Teachers in Hilton Central School District.