Dr. Laura MacGinitie named New York State Master Teacher
29, 2016 – Dr. Laura MacGinitie, physics teacher at Goshen
High School, was selected for the prestigious New York State Master
Teacher Program (NYSMTP).
According to its website, NYSMTP celebrates the work
of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert
community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content,
pedagogy, and students’ families and communities.
Dr. Macginitie endured a lengthy application process
that included a personal essay, letters of recommendation and an
interview process where she presented on Bernoulli’s Principle – an
increase in the speed of a fluid occurs simultaneously with a decrease
in pressure or a decrease in the fluid's potential energy – and how it
applies in living systems, such as swimming fish or the ventilation of
prairie dog holes.
NYSMTP is a four year program, and Master Teachers
must attend 50 hours per year of professional development that includes
meetings with colleagues, presentations, field trips and other high
quality growth experiences – something that greatly excites Dr.
“What really triggered me to apply was having the
opportunity to expand my horizons while working together with other
physics teachers in the region,” said Dr. MacGinitie.
Dr. MacGinitie earned a BS in physics as well as an
MS and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. She was an assistant professor at Pacific Lutheran
University in Tacoma, Washington, for four years until the department of
engineering was eliminated. Originally from Bergen County, New Jersey,
she planned to find a position at another college after relocating back
to the East Coast; however, she had an opportunity to teach physics part
time at Beacon High School while her children were small which caused
her to reassess her plans.
“I realized I loved teaching high school and began
working to obtain my certification,” said MacGinitie. “I’ve been
teaching at Goshen for 14 years and I just love my job. The key is to
make physics real for students. It’s really stimulating.”
NYSMTP, launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo, is
administered by The State University of New York and Math for America.
For more information, visit
New York State Master Teacher Program website.