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Union Springs High School teacher named New York State Master Teacher

by Jessica Luisi, Public Information Specialist

(October 17, 2018) New York State has named 275 master teachers to the New York State Master Teacher Program this year, including Union Springs High School technology teacher, Joseph Palmiotto.

The New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) was established in 2013 as a way to identify, reward, and support teachers who teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum. Those chosen to be a part of the NYSMTP are considered to be innovators and leaders in STEM education, and the program gives these talented professionals the opportunity to further develop their careers and help lay the foundation for an outstanding workforce.

“My philosophy in my classroom is to give my students a reason to learn the curriculum,” Palmiotto said. “I like to incorporate projects that show my students what the workforce is really like and drive home that once they leave high school, they have to be ready to do something in the real world.”

Palmiotto will serve a four-year term in the master teacher program with opportunities to collaborate with some of the most talented individuals throughout the state to develop expertise in STEM content. In addition, master teachers must participate in a minimum of 50 professional development hours each year.

“I am looking forward to collaborating with other STEM educators and learning from them,” Palmiotto said.

Palmiotto, who started his career in the Union Springs Central School District and is in his twenty-sixth year of teaching, joins one other master teacher in the district – his wife, Roberta Palmiotto, who just finished the four-year master teacher program and is now a Master Teacher Emeritus.

The Union Springs Central School District is proud to have two of its teachers accepted into such an elite program.

For more information on the New York State Master Teacher Program, visit




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Dr. Jarett S. Powers, Superintendent
239 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, New York 13160
Phone: 315 889-4101
Fax: 315 889-4108

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