Seventh and eighth grade science teacher Jennifer Jaskolka is the second teacher at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk to become a New York State Master Teacher. She joins high school physics and earth science teacher Jolene Hopkins, who achieved the status in 2015.
To be considered for the NYS Master Teacher program, teachers must have a minimum of four years of experience teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines and be rated as “effective” or “highly effective” on their Annual Professional Performance Review.
Jaskolka and Hopkins set themselves apart from countless other applicants through content tests, personal statements, letters of recommendation and multiple interviews. The final interview required them to demonstrate their abilities by teaching a lesson to a small group which included other Master Teachers and State University of New York professors.