Master Teacher

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Congratulations to Carle Place High School science teacher Carol Nicosia, who has been named a New York State Master Teacher. The New York State Master Teacher program is a partnership with the State University of New York and Math for America that brings together outstanding public-school teachers to collaborate and inspire the next generation of STEM and science leaders. Mrs. Nicosia is one of just 10 teachers in Nassau County to receive this distinction.

Mrs. Nicosia teaches Advanced Placement Biology, Honors Chemistry and Science Research, serves as co-adviser of the environmental action committee and is a member of the technology committee. She is most passionate about modeling innovative instruction in the classroom. 

“I love making science come alive for my students,” Mrs. Nicosia said. “Building three-dimensional lessons and providing authentic research opportunities are just some of the ways we are accomplishing this in Carle Place.”

The Master Teacher designation recognizes excellence in three key areas: content knowledge, pedagogy and overall commitment to students, families and the school district community. 

“[Mrs. Nicosia] does an amazing job in all three of these areas,” said Superintendent of Schools David Flatley, who recalled the process of hiring Mrs. Nicosia with Carle Place Middle/High School Principal Thomas DePaola. “We are fortunate to have her as a member of our professional staff and it’s great that she is being formally recognized.” 

Mrs. Nicosia proposed, wrote and now teaches two elective courses at Carle Place MS/HS: Infectious Diseases and Genetics and Biotechnology. She also taught  undergraduate biology at Stony Brook University from 2009 to 2013 and is in the process of completing her educational leadership degree there. She previously earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Fairfield University and completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching, also at Stony Brook. 

Mrs. Nicosia is pictured here being congratulated by the Board of Education and Mr. Flatley.