DANSVILLE — Dansville High School's Lisa Wilson-Jones has been selected as a New York State Master Teacher.

She joins peers, already members of the NYS Master Teacher Program, to form a network of over 900 outstanding educators who demonstrate a deep understanding of their content area, pedagogy and students' families and communities.

Master Teachers are dedicated to sharing best practices to provide the most innovative STEM education for all students, mentor current and pre-service teachers, and-even more importantly-inspire their students, who are the next generation of STEM teachers.

New York State announced the selection of 275 educators from across the state to join the New York State Master Teacher Program. One third of the new Master Teachers announced are elementary teachers, expanding the network of outstanding teacher-leaders to include K-12 STEM educators.

Wilson-Jones has been a member of the Dansville High School Science department since 2004. She is certified in both Earth Science and Chemistry, teaching Regents Earth Science and Regents Chemistry Lab along with a variety of electives. She is holds an AAS is Chemical Technology from Alfred State College, a BS in Imaging Science from RIT, a BS in Geology from Alfred University, and a MS in Curriculum Assessment and Instruction from Walden University.

She is also an Academic Coach at the EnCompass after school program which offers additional instruction and support to struggling elementary and middle school student as well as guided enrichment opportunities for students.

Prior to education, Lisa work 11 years as a Research and Development Engineer at the Eastman Kodak Company, developing and testing new materials for professional photographers and commercial markets.

The incoming group of Master Teachers includes 40 teachers with multiple teaching certifications, 10 teachers certified in Special Education and/or Students with Disabilities, and 14 teachers certified in Technology Education who are offering various courses in Computer Science and Technology.

"I'm delighted to see that New York's Master Teacher Program has now grown to include teachers who work with our youngest students," said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson . "These teachers lay the groundwork for a lifelong love of science and technology. SUNY is proud to host the Master Teacher Program on our campuses and look forward to the continued partnerships between university faculty and our state's best STEM educators."

The 275 Master Teachers are dedicated professionals who teach science, technology, computer science, robotics, coding, engineering, and math courses across grades K-12 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 and state-level committees. They are also sponsors of Science Olympiad competitions, school gardens, Robotics teams, Coding Clubs, community service organizations as well as coaches, and PTA members. 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.

Throughout 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.