Multiple teachers in the Hudson Valley made the 2018 list of New York's Master Teachers.

New York State announced a total of 275 new Master Teachers in the state for 2018. According to, a master teacher teaches multiple classes, including, science, technology, engineering and math courses including advanced placement, and honors. Master teachers have been teaching on average for 15 years.

Besides teaching credentials, NYS Master Teachers are often part of STEM Programs/clubs in their district, such as Science Olympiad and robotics teams, as well as being PTA members, coaches, and part of other school organizations, according to

The biggest benefit of being a New York State Master Teacher? Master Teachers get a $15,000 stipend over the course of four years to participate in peer mentoring and teacher training.

These are the 18 teachers in the Hudson Valley that were just named a Master Teacher:

  • Lisa Gizzarelli-Drago, Arlington Central School District
  • Aaron Burke, Beacon City School District
  • Thomas Tokarski, Greenburgh Central School District
  • Christopher Sgro, Highland School District
  • Brian Halling, Hyde Park School District
  • Ann Marie Lipinsky de Orlov, Katonah-Lewisboro School District
  • Bruce Cobb, Kingston School District
  • Vincent Garrison, Nanuet Union Free School District
  • Hannah Murphy, Nanuet Union Free School District
  • Keri Spencer, Newburgh School District
  • Catherine Law, New Paltz School District
  • Donald Stark, Poughkeepsie School District
  • Alexandria Paley, Rye School District
  • Jennie Sexton, Valley Central School District
  • Samrat Pathania, Wallkill School District
  • Patricia Nardone, Wappingers School District
  • Mary Velez, Wappingers School District
  • Sunitha Howard, Yonkers School District







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