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Mr. Steve Butz and Mr. Derek Srygley selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

The District is pleased to announce Mr. Steve Butz and Mr. Derek Srygley were recently selected to join the New York State Master Teacher Program. They join the network of Master Teachers created in 2013, bringing the total number of Master Teachers across the state to over 1,200.

"I salute these brilliant and dedicated teachers who have made an incredible, lasting impact on New York's future leaders," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "These 228 new members of the Master Teacher Program will join the ranks of the state's top educators, a group who strive every day to enrich and expand the horizons of countless students in every corner of the Empire State."

"Teachers dedicate their lives to educating our youth and inspiring them to succeed inside and outside the classroom," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "I congratulate these teachers who will join the New York State Master Teacher program for their invaluable leadership and skills in STEM education. The Master Teacher program continues to expand, recognizing their growth and commitment to educating students in the STEM fields of the future."

Mr. Steve Butz has been a teacher for 23 years, with his past 18 years at Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School. He teaches Archaeology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science. During the summer he teaches two summer enrichment programs; The Floating Classroom and the Field School for Historic Archaeology. Mr. Butz stated, “I am honored to be selected as a Master Teacher, and look forward to collaborating with my peers to improve STEM education.”

Mr. Derek Srygley has been a teacher for 12 years, with his past 10 years Cambridge Jr./Sr. High School. He teaches Physics and Life Science. During the summer, he teaches with The Floating Classroom, a summer enrichment program. Mr. Srygley stated, “I am excited to continue my education through authentic professional development and professional learning teams, while also helping foster the growth of the next generation of science teachers.”