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.


  • NTC Policy Board Meeting

    3:45 - 5:00

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    Meeting ID: 965 5974 2846

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  • NTC Policy Board Meeting

    3:45 - 5:00

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 965 5974 2846

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  • Professional Development Offerings from Nyack Teacher Center

    All professional learning offerings are sent our through the use of Constant Contact.   Click the links below to access a digital copy of the correspondence:

    January 2021 offerings

    December 2020 offerings

    October/November 2020 offerings - Saturday Technology Hour

    September 2020 offerings

    Summer 2020 Mentor Training



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  • CTLE regulations



    We highly encourage all teachers to keep paper and digital records of all your workshops, trainings and courses.  




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  • NTC Professional Library

    We have a wealth of resources in our library, located in the Teacher Center offices at the Administration building, that are available to be borrowed.  Visit the link below.  Type in the specific book, author, or subject you would like and then if you find what you are looking for all you have to do is check the box and click "request to borrow."  We will make arrangements to either have the book delivered to you via interoffice mail or you can stop by the office to pick it up.    We always welcome suggestions on titles to add to our library so please feel free to reach out to us with requests.

    In addition, we have 2 Swivl docs and mini ipads which teachers can borrow. These are great resources to support professional growth because they let you record portions of a lesson so you can use them for reflection and feedback.  We can arrange for training on how to use the Swivl doc if you are interested. 



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  • Looking for CTLE hours?

    The Tarrytown Learning Center  offers a variety of workshops for both teachers and teaching assistants.  These workshops are brought to you by the Tarrytown Regional Office of NYSUT and NYSUT Education and Learning Trust in collaboration with the Lower Hudson Network of Teacher Centers  Visit the link below for more information on courses and workshops for teachers and SRP's:






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Nyack Teacher Center
13 A Dickinson Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960

Michelle O'Sullivan
Nyack Teacher Center

(845) 353-7061
(845) 353-7019 (Fax) email: mosullivan@nyackschools.org

Tracey A. Cummings
Assistant Director
Nyack Teacher Center
(845) 353-7057
(845) 353-7019 (Fax) email: tcummings@nyackschools.org

Joanne DeGregory
Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Nyack Teacher Center
845-353 7057 (work)
845-216-1190 (cell) email: jdegregory@nyackschools.org

Hours of Operation:

 Tuesday-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:  mosullivan@nyackschools.org


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

Currently accepting proposals for the Fall 2021 semester.


Book Club Proposal

Course Proposal





Lower Hudson Teacher Center Newtork Professional Development

 Technology professional development - Borrow the Nyack Teacher Center's SWIVL doc and Ipad!  The professional development possibilities are endless!  You can record a portion of your lesson to share with a colleague for feedback.  Engage in PD without ever leaving the classroom!   Register for a free workshop to learn how to use the SWIVL doc and camera.


SWIVL 2019-20.pdf 

2019-2020 Nyack Teacher Center Policy Board

 2020-21  Policy Board


Emily Dougherty Samowitz

Reba Hekker

Marissa Rivera *Chairperson

Adam Beirlein

Monica Schwartz

Aida Sanabria *Treasurer

Ana Vazquez

Andrea Pickford

Barbara Anderson


Nyack High School

Nyack Middle School

Nyack Middle School

Nyack Middle School

Liberty Elementary School

Liberty Elementary School

Upper Nyack Elementary

Upper Nyack Elementary

Valley Cottage Elementary

Michael Mark

Board of Education

Dr. JoAnn Looney

Higher Education

Julie Kassel

Business/Community representative

Anney Fimmano Parent Representative
Dr. Winsome Gregory Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Nyack Public Schools


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

Annual Transitions Conference

SAVE THE DATE:  Our 12th Annual Transitions Conference, for PreK and Kgn teachers in Rockland County, has been rescheduled for March 25, 2021.  This year, we will be utilizing an all virtual format and sessions will be conducted via Zoom. More information to follow in January 2021. 

Feel free to reach out to our early childhood program coordinator:  Joanne DeGregory  jdegregory@nyackschools.org


Looking back at our last conference.....

Our 11th annual transitions conference was held on March 28, 2019 at the HNA Palisades Conference Center.  Over 85 pre-school and kindergarten educators from all sectors of Rockland County enjoy our  "Back to Basics" them which included 10 workshops centered around the Nyack Basic's 5 Principles.  Our keynote, Basic's coordinator, Lynnette Marshall, did an excellent job sharing information about the five principles: 

1. Maximize love, manage stress

2.  Talk, sing and point

3.  Count, group and compare

4.  Explore through movement and play

5.  Read and Discuss stories

Michael Mark, a longtime supporter and President of the Nyack Board of Education, wrote a special song for the day, "Back to Basics."  It was energizing to see so many early childhood educators from the county coming together for a day of learning.  Some of our workshops included:

1.  Beats and Books:  Read, Sing and Play Your Way to Literacy

2.  Story Time Remix:  Linguistically Responsive Teaching for an Energized Environment

3.  Access and Equity

4.  Improved Learning Through Movement

5.  Creating an Inclusive Classroom

6.  Back to Basics:  The Next Level

7.  Maximize Love and Learning in a Cohesive Environment

8.  Cooperative Art

9.  Building Blocks of Numeracy

10.  Taking a Walk on the Wild Side:  Infusing Nature Based Learning into Your Classroom



Nyack's New Teacher Professional Development Program Important Dates