New York State Master Teacher

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Marlene Yolango, a special education teacher at NHS, was recently selected as a New York State Master Teacher in K-12 STEM education.

The Master Teacher Program is composed of the highest performing teachers and educators in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. Once accepted into the program, through letters of recommendation and a rigorous interview process, teachers enter a four-year commitment. This commitment includes peer mentoring and professional development opportunities, as well as monthly regional meetings with other Master Teachers.

“Marlene is a Master Teacher in every sense of the term,” said Mrs. Ally Giaimo, district chairperson for special education, “and her dynamic, inquiry-based style of teaching keeps students highly engaged and always seeking to learn more. She’s an inspiration to future STEM leaders in education.”

Mrs. Yolango started her teaching career in 1997 and has been a teacher at Northport since 1999. She had always desired to be an educator, currently is still enjoying every step of her journey — the dynamic nature of the job, being challenged each year to grow as an educator, and of course, her students.

“I’m honored to have been chosen for such a prestigious program, said Mrs. Yolango. “And I’m anxious to meet the other members — to share with and learn from them.”