KSTF Senior Fellows Heather Buskirk and Derek Pope were recently named 2014 New York State Master Teachers. The New York State Master Teacher Program identifies, rewards and supports master teachers throughout New York State. As New York State Master Teachers, Heather and Derek will engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year, and work closely with pre-service and early-career educators to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers. Each will receive a $15,000 stipend per year for four years for their participation in the program. Heather is a physics teacher in the Greater Johnstown School District (Mohawk Region) and Derek is a math teacher in the Commack Union Free School District (Long Island Region).