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.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-3:00 pm

Please call 845 353-7060 x1117 for access to the center outside of these hours.

NTC email:    ntc@nyackschools.org

NTC Director email:  jfusaro@nyackschools.org

NTC Assistant Director email: tcummings@nyackschools.org


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 tcummings@nyackschools.org.     No course proposal will be accepted unless a detailed syllabus is include.  

Currently accepting proposals for the Fall 2024 semester through May 30th.

Book Club Proposal

Course Proposal






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

Hope To See You Soon... (Photo of our New Staff taken Aug 28, 2023)