Cortland teacher spotlight speaker at 2014 State of the State address

A Cortland middle school teacher and SUNY Cortland graduate took the stage at the 2014 State of the State address on Wednesday to talk about the new Master Teacher program.

Abbey Albright is one of 35 students participating in the new Master teacher program at SUNY Cortland. She is one of 104 total participants in the program statewide.

Albright has been teaching eighth grade math and Regents algebra at Cortland Junior Senior High School since 2002. She joined the new Master Teacher program in October of 2013.

The program provides each participant with a $60,000 stipend in exchange for a four-year commitment to mentor other teachers and help new and prospective teachers. These teachers also engage in peer mentoring and professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Albright took the opportunity to talk about the importance of educators in New York State and how the Master Teacher program could provide better education opportunities for students in the future.

"There is no doubt that all New York students will reap the benefits of teachers who are more engaged and better equipped," Albright said. "That is how we prepare the next generation of global citizens right here in New York."