Teacher of the Year

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Rochelle Petre, a sixth-grade science teacher at James Wilson Young Middle School, has been named the 2015 Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Suffolk Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State.

Ms. Petre provides mentoring and assistance within the district to fifth-grade science teachers and new teachers at the middle school. She assisted in writing the current sixth-grade curriculum and will be integral in revising the district’s science curriculum for grades five through seven. She has also taken part in many in-district professional development opportunities, which have included topics such as incorporating student voice in the classroom and Depth of Knowledge training. Outside the district, Ms. Petre is an active member and co-chair of NYSUT’s statewide math, science and technology subject area committee and a member of the American Federation of Teachers Next Generation Science Standards National Teacher Review Team Committee.

 “Ms. Petre joins an elite group of science educators who have not only demonstrated that they are outstanding classroom teachers, but have also been involved in endeavors that have provided students and teachers with programs and strategies for the advancement of science in and out of the classroom,” said Brian Vorwald, co-chairperson of the STANYS awards committee.