New state Master Teachers include four locals

ALBANY – Four local math and science teachers have been named to the first-ever list of New York State Master Teachers.

Lake Placid High School math teacher Tammy Casey, Lake Placid Middle School math teacher Kassandra Mariano and Saranac Lake High School science teachers Christopher Gosling and Amanda Zullo are among the 105 educators from four regions of the state who are in the first group of Master Teachers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Tuesday.

The New York State Master Teacher Program was established by Cuomo to identify, reward and support the top math and science teachers throughout state. Teachers participating in the program will each receive a $15,000 stipend per year for four years and be involved in peer mentoring and professional development. They’ll also closely work with new teachers to support their development.

Each regional program is paired with a State University of New York campus to give the participants additional content exposure. The 21 Master Teachers in North Country will be paired with SUNY Plattsburgh.

“As part of our efforts to build a world-class education system in New York, the Master Teachers program will allow this first group of talented teachers to assist their peers in the classroom, further develop their own expertise, and enhance the overall learning experience of our students for years to come,” Cuomo said in a press release.

Applications for the second round of the program, which will be open to all 10 regions across the state, will begin Nov. 1. The application deadline is Jan. 3. Final selections will be made in the spring.

Applications can be submitted online at