Meet Our Master Teachers

Meet Our Master Teachers
Posted on 01/07/2019
STEM
According to the SUNY website, the Master Teacher program was inspired to bolster K-12 STEM education. “Responding to the call to strengthen our nation’s K-12 STEM education, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with The State University of New York and Math for America. The NYSMTP celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities.” Becoming a Master Teacher requires four-year participation in the Program.

Director of Fine Arts and Engineering Andrea Falvo is working closely with the Master Teachers in conjunction with Mohawk Valley Edge and the Air Force Research Lab to bring community-based STEM opportunities. “I’m very proud to be working with such an outstanding group of professionals and lifelong learners who are dedicated to improving educational experiences for their students and the community.” said Falvo. 


Salvatore Carollo
salvatore carollo

Salvatore Carollo has been a teacher in the Rome City School District for 16 years, during which he has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. For the past nine years, Mr. Carollo has been teaching regents Living Environment, primarily focusing on students with special needs. After earning his BS in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and his teaching certification from Utica College, Mr. Carollo went on to earn his MA in Special Education from Touro College. In the classroom, Mr. Carollo searches out ways to engage his students with hands on activities to reinforce concepts that are sometimes seen as abstract. From laboratory activities to using technology in the classroom, STEM affords the opportunity to engage students in a variety of ways. Along with teaching, Mr. Carollo is also the co-coach of Rome Free Academy's Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) team, as well as the modified swimming coach for both girls and boys. Outside the classroom, you can find him almost anywhere outdoors. He enjoys hiking, fishing, and camping in the Adirondacks. He also travels to different natural wonders to explore whatever Mother Nature has to offer. Through the Master Teacher Program, he looks forward to collaborating with like-minded teachers and bringing students into nature to experience authentic learning.

Christine Calogero

Christine Calogero

Christine Calogero received her BS in Biology from LeMoyne College, her MS in Education and Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Cortland. Mrs. Calogero has taught in the Rome City School District in a variety of grade levels and content areas. She was the Rome Rotary Teacher of the Year. She was a summer school teacher and Co-Principal for Madison-Oneida BOCES. Currently, Mrs. Calogero is teaching Living Environment Biology and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry General Biology/Advanced Placement Biology at Rome Free Academy High School (RFA). She is the RFA Science department Teacher Coordinator and co-advisor of the RFA Science club. She has lead writing teams of Regents Science curriculums and their correlation to the common core and NYS Science Learning Standards. She has worked on the Rome District Academic Intervention, Discipline, Data, District and School based improvement, Response to Intervention, School and District Educational Development committees. She teaches her students to value their classmates, school, community, and the living world around them. She is involved in her children and students' extracurricular activities. She enjoys gardening with her husband. She looks forward to the exciting and unique opportunities to broaden her science knowledge.

Lynne Duffy

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Lynne Duffy earned both her BS in Biology and her Master of Science in Teaching in Education from Le Moyne College. She began teaching in 2008 to inspire students to look critically at their world while helping them to understand the nuances of the living environment. Currently, she is teaching Living Environment and co-teaching English as a New Language Living Environment at Rome Free Academy. In the past, Lynne has also taught Marine Biology, Physical Science, and Accelerated Living Environment, in addition to designing curriculum for and teaching Forensic Science, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Global Environment. Lynne currently serves as the co-advisor for the Senior Class of 2019 of Rome Free Academy, assisting students with school activities, community involvement, and end of the year celebrations. She is also a member of the Science Teachers Association of NYS and looks forward to the annual conference to enhance her teaching and her students' learning. During her precious free time, Lynne enjoys going to movies, baking many goodies, playing with her two children, and spending time with her family. As a NYS Master Teacher, Lynne is eagerly anticipating working with teachers and leaders from other schools to smooth the transition into the Next Generation Science Standards with new ideas and more hands-on science activities.


Kayla Foster

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Kayla Foster earned her BA in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Russell Sage College and Master of Arts in Teaching in Mathematics from Sage Graduate School. While studying at Russell Sage she published a paper entitled, "Does Randomization Mask Responses to Sensitive Questions?" and graduated as a Kellas Scholar. Mrs. Foster has taught mathematics for 12 years at Rome Free Academy and is currently teaching Common Core Geometry and Common Core Algebra II. She also serves as Teacher Coordinator for the high school Mathematics Department where she has lead curriculum writing teams to create consistent learning experiences for all math students. In addition, Mrs. Foster has served as a member of several district committees including the School Based Inquiry Team and Data Team. She believes in creating a safe and collaborative learning environment where students feel encouraged to learn mathematics. Her use of APL Teaching Strategies and flipped classroom model has improved her students' academic achievement. Outside the classroom, Mrs. Foster enjoys attending her students' sporting events, musical performances, and chaperoning school dances. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, cheering them on at the baseball field or hockey rink. Mrs. Foster is excited to be a part of the Master Teacher Program so she can collaborate with and learn from other STEM teachers in Mohawk Valley.

Melissa Richardson

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Melissa Richardson earned her BS in Mathematics and minor in Business from Clarkson University and her Master of Arts in Teaching in Adolescence Mathematics from SUNY Cortland. She was inspired to teach Mathematics from her own High School Calculus Teacher. In her nine years of teaching at Rome Free Academy, Mrs. Richardson has taught all levels of math and is currently teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC, AP Calculus AB, Pre-Calculus, Basic Programming, and Computer Science. Within these courses, she strongly believes in creating a collaborative learning environment where students are engaged, motivated, and inspired while preparing students to excel in rigorous college courses. In addition to teaching, she has been the Mathletics Advisor for six years, the Key Club Advisor, and has coached Girls Varsity Tennis for the past two years. Outside the classroom she frequently enjoys supporting her students at their musical performances, sporting events, and chaperoning dances. As a NYS Master Teacher, she looks forward to collaborating with other professionals and expanding her opportunities for professional development in STEM education.


Anthony Spado

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Anthony J Spado earned his BS in Earth Science Education from SUNY Oswego and his MS in Liberal Studies with a Geology concentration from Utica College. He began teaching in 2004 and had the desire to enter the field both due to his love of all things Earth Science as well his positive experiences working with children in different programs throughout his high school and college years. Mr. Spado currently teaches Regents Earth Science to students in grades 9 - 12 at Rome Free Academy and has a personal mission to instill a love of rocks to all his students. He currently has been developing curriculum in alignment with the NGSS standards with a goal of creating a more dynamic, student research driven model of learning about the Earth. Mr. Spado is most passionate about geology, specifically Adirondack Geology, but has a love for the entire scope of the course. He also enjoys being outside and experiencing nature, which is something especially fun to do with his wife and two children.

Megan Spado

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Megan Spado earned her BS in both Biology and Environmental Studies from Union College, and her MS in Science Education from Syracuse University. During her undergraduate years, Mrs. Spado completed her thesis work at the local watershed, and completed a term abroad studying marine science and maritime communities in Woods Hole, Massachusetts; St. George's, Bermuda; and Newfoundland, Canada. Prior to teaching, she worked as an environmental education assistant for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and it was during this time she decided to pursue teaching. Since 2008, Mrs. Spado has been teaching at Lyndon H. Strough Middle School in the Rome City School District; where she currently teaches a mix of 7th grade physical science, 8th grade life science, and Regents Living Environment. She is a contributing member on many teams in her district, and is currently working as part of a team to develop and align curriculum with the NGSS standards. A self-professed lifelong learner, Mrs. Spado takes continuing education classes to stay current and broaden her teaching skillset. During her free time, she enjoys learning new hobbies and spending time with her family.

Christina Steurrys

Christina Steurrys

Christina Steurrys earned her BS in Biology from Binghamton State University, followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing small animal medicine for seven years, she went back to Utica College to obtain her MS in Education. Ms. Steurrys discovered that teaching was her true calling while being shadowed by middle and high school students at the veterinary hospital. Currently, she teaches seventh and eighth grade science at Lyndon H. Strough Middle School in Rome, NY. She has been teaching since 2003, first in the Utica City School District, and now in Rome. Ms. Steurrys serves as the head union representative at Strough for the Rome Teachers Association, in addition to serving on the executive board. She received the Samuel Gompers Award for dedicated union service in 2017. She is a coach of the Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies (PBIS) Team, and teacher coordinator for Strough’s science department. Ms. Steurrys also serves on the district Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) committee, as well as the Educational Development committee. She is a member of the National Science Teachers Association. Ms. Steurrys previously received the Toyota International Teachers Award (2006) for environmental content on invasive species, and traveled to the Galapagos Islands as a recipient. As a STEM educator, Ms. Steurrys is most passionate about guiding students through discovery and problem-solving. As a NYS Master Teacher, Ms. Steurrys looks forward to participating in mentoring opportunities, as well as collaborating with colleagues to raise the bar on professional development.

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