Welcome to the Teacher Center
The Nyack Teacher Center was founded on the following premises:
• the quality of teachers and teaching is paramount to the quality of education;
• professional growth is enhanced positively and constructively by an atmosphere in which the integrity of each teacher as an individual is valued;
• teachers wish to assume a larger responsibility for their own professional growth; and.
• a carefully developed staff development program can play a positive role in bringing about and maintaining excellence in teaching, and can maximize student learning.
The NTC is dedicated to responding to the professional and personal needs of its members. Understanding that adults have a wide range of individual needs, the Center offers resources and services across a broad spectrum, based on the expressed needs of staff. The Center also acts as a clearinghouse for disseminating information on educational research and pedagogy to staff members.
The NTC encourages and supports cooperative and collaborative efforts that enable teachers to assess their teaching role in relation to the changing society. It encourages tapping the rich supply of resources available in Rockland County to improve the quality of education for our students.
The NTC endeavors to encourage an atmosphere of intellectual excitement and to stimulate the staff to continuous learning by providing a place where growth and development can flourish in a non-judgmental atmosphere, through collegial interchange of ideas. Programs are designed to emphasize an active approach to learning, with special attention to maintaining an informal atmosphere and encouraging interaction among participants, in order to build self-confidence as well as knowledge.
Nyack Teacher Center Policy Board
Nyack Teacher Center
Policy Board 2023-2024
Reba Hekker- Chairperson, Nyack Middle School
Aida Sanabria- Treasurer, Liberty Elementary School
Ana Vazquez- Secretary, Upper Nyack Elementary School
Andrea Pickford, Parent Representative
Dr. Christina Clark, Higher Education (SUNY New Paltz)
Emily Dougherty-Samowitz, Nyack High School
Felicia Gell, Nyack High School
Meredith Handt, Valley Cottage Elementary School
Michael Mark, Nyack Board of Education
Lynnette Marshall, Community Representative
Lissettee Urena-Skrypack, Liberty Elementary School
Minutes from our October 25, 2023 meeting can be found here:
Our 2023-2024 meetings will be held on:
Oct 25, Nov 15, Jan 17, April 24, May 15, June 12.
All meetings take place at 4pm in the Teacher Center office.
Nyack Professional Academy Course/Book Club Proposals
If you are interested in teaching a course or book club through the Nyack Professional Academy, you can can access the proposal form(s) below. Be sure to make a copy when adding them to your Google Drive, before beginning to fill them in. Return the completed documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No course proposal will be accepted unless a detailed syllabus is include.
Currently accepting proposals for the Fall 2024 semester through May 30th.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL TEACHERS
Be sure you keep paper copies of all CTLE certificates you receive from workshops and courses you complete. According to the state, teachers and teaching assistants are now responsible for maintaining their professional development hours log, including documentation. For more information, please click the following link: NYSED CTLE WEBSITE