Warwick Valley teachers master their craft at Demo Derby


Warwick Valley teachers master their craft at Demo Derby

November 20, 2017

Nine Warwick Valley teachers participated in the fourth annual New York State Master Teacher Program’s (NYSMTP) Demo Derby, held Saturday, Nov. 18, at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
The Demo Derby, hosted by the Mid-Hudson Master Teachers’ Student Engagement Professional Learning Team, is a chance for teachers to share ideas and showcase creative ways of introducing a topic, reinforcing a lesson, and engaging students.

Nine teachers gather for a group photo

Nine Warwick Valley teachers attended the Demo Derby, held Nov. 18 at SUNY New Paltz.

Six Warwick Valley teachers were invited to present at the event and made the following presentations:

  • High School science teacher Barbara Glover and special education teacher Gina Buffardi presented “NASA Toys in Space”
  • High School science teacher Lisa Reece presented the “Death Star Assault”
  • High School math teacher Lisa Howard presented “Using Math in Photography, Art, and Regression”
  • High School science teacher Janice Okeeffe presented “Aerobic & Anaerobic Respiration” in making holiday dinner rolls
  • Middle School science teacher Tracey Waters presented “Designing Straw Rockets.”   

Master teachers are recognized for their dedication to providing the most innovative STEM education to their students, their commitment to professional growth, and their enthusiasm for sharing their successful practices with colleagues.
The NYSMTP introduces motivated teachers to like-minded professionals who meet regularly to collaborate, learn, and share with their peers. The Demo Derby is an extension of this effort.
“I was very impressed to have the support of my colleagues,” said  Ms. Waters, chairperson of this year’s Derby. “Our District is fortunate to have these dedicated teachers who gave up over six hours of their Saturday to make this event successful.”


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