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Webster Schroeder Pair Achieves Master Teacher Status

Two Webster Schroeder High School teachers are among 275 educators from across the state to join the New York State Master Teacher Program. Sonja Bailey and Rajani Kumaraswamy join a network of dedicated teachers that is now 980 strong.
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Sonja Bailey
Sonja Bailey has been an educator for 14 years. She taught in York CSD, Southern Cayuga CSD, and Fayetteville/Manlius CSD before coming to Webster three years ago, where she currently teaches Intermediate Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Looping, Algebra 2 Regents, and College Algebra to the Warriors. Bailey is also a Unified Basketball coach for the district and a member of the policy board.
Rajani Kumaraswamy’s has also been an educator for 14 years. Prior to joining the science staff at Webster Schroeder two years ago, she taught in New York City (NYC, where she is a NYC MfA Master Teacher Emeritus, having been a NYC MfA Master Teacher for four years prior to moving to Webster. Kumaraswamy has participated in Columbia University's Summer Research Program for Science Teachers where she did two summers of research in developmental neurobiology and one summer in an international program at James Cook University in Australia doing coral reef research. She presently teaches living environment and advanced placement biology to the Warriors.
photo of Rajani Kumaraswamy
Rajani Kumaraswamy

Throughout their four-year participation in the program, Master Teachers receive a $15,000 stipend annually; engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year; work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers; and attend required regional cohort meetings, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.
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