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Hannibal Educator Earns Distinction As Master Teacher

The New York State Master Teacher Program recently welcomed Hannibal High School science teacher Carol Burch into its circle of excellence.

Hannibal High School science teacher Carol Burch teaches her advanced physics students about circuits and complex equations during a recent lesson. Burch was recently named a Master Teacher, which is a state program that recognizes outstanding educators in the STEM fields.
Hannibal High School science teacher Carol Burch teaches her advanced physics students about circuits and complex equations during a recent lesson. Burch was recently named a Master Teacher, which is a state program that recognizes outstanding educators in the STEM fields.

For nearly two decades, Burch has used her passion for learning, expertise and charisma to inspire students. She has participated in professional development opportunities, engaged in enriching educational discussions and completed hours of intensive course-related work in her pursuit of becoming a Master Teacher.

That goal was realized when Burch was selected to the Master Teacher Program on Jan. 21.

The program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, rewards teachers “who work harder to make the difference and whose students perform better as a result.”

It celebrates those who are dedicated to their profession and strive to attract students to explore a STEM career.

Burch said she was thrilled to be one of only 68 educators across Central New York who received the recognition.

“It’s a highly competitive process and it’s an honor to be named a Master Teacher,” she said. “It puts me in touch with a community of motivated folks to share ideas and best practices.”

For Burch, the honor presents an opportunity to bring innovative ideas into her classroom to improve student achievement.

She currently teaches a college-level physics course, STEM 9 and an Earth Science lab.