Mastering the Art of Teaching

Babylon Junior-Senior High School science teacher Claire Birone has been selected and recognized as a top educator in the state with her acceptance into the New York State Master Teacher program.

The Master Teacher program is designed to create a statewide network of the highest-performing STEM teachers who are also dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and deepening their own scholastic and professional development. Ms. Birone will join a network of more than 500 outstanding educators who demonstrate a deep understanding of their content area, pedagogy and communities.

Ms. Birone has taught in Babylon for the past seven years. She is the lead teacher of the school’s research program and has taught biology and chemistry at the high school. She has also conducted field research in Costa Rica and at Brookhaven National Laboratory over the past several summers.

Upon her acceptance, Ms. Birone said, “I’m most looking forward to working with other teachers in the Master Teacher program and seeing what is being done in other schools around New York, sharing information.”
“It is an honor to be considered one of the best in New York State,” she said. “My acceptance is directly tied to Babylon’s administration and community having given me the support and opportunity to become the teacher that I am, and for that I am most grateful.”

For this award, Ms. Birone was required to complete a rigorous application process. She was provided transcripts, recommendation letters, and completed a teaching demonstration, writing sample, personal essay and interview. This year’s Master Teacher program drew more than 3,500 applicants, with only 200 professionals across the state being accepted into this elite program.