Eastern Upstate Region

The Eastern Upstate Region encompasses 23 counties. Our goals are to triple the number of teachers pursuing the new National Board Certification process and to double the number of NBCTs in formal teacher leader roles. We collaborate with NYSUT, NYSED, Teacher Centers, BOCES, and districts to continue to spread the benefits of National Board Certification.  We offer many cohort groups facilitated by trained Professional Learning Facilitators.  If anyone is still interested, we invite new candidates to contact us.  We continue provide support for district leadership teams through the Teacher Leader Project which began in the spring 2016!   Dr. Jill Harrison Berg in this photo--recently published a fabulous resource-Leading In Sync (ASCD, 2018)


Regional Coordinator

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Annette Romano is the Director of NBNY and Regional Coordinator of Eastern Upstate. She collaborates with Teacher Centers, school districts, higher education, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), and the State Education Department to increase awareness about National Board Certification, provide candidate support, and promote NBC as part of the teacher-leader continuum.  She recently retired from the  the Niskayuna CSD, where she has taught for over 30 years.  Annette continues to be a professional development specialist in Nisky and the NBCNY.  She became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in 2001 and established NBCNY in 2007. She has expertise in National Board Certification, NYSED Student Standards, Teacher Leadership, edTPA, and Teacher Evaluation. In 2010, she received the Bertha Brimmer Medal from the University at Albany Alumni Association and in 2013, she receive an Excellence in Education Award from NYSUT.  Annette has served as a member of the NYSED PSPB,  NBPTS Faculty, Teacher Leader Network, and continues as a board member of Nick's Fight to be Healed supporting families affected by pediatric cancer.


Regional Coordinator:


Annette Romano, NBCT

800 Troy-Schenectady Rd

Latham NY 12110






Support Near You!

Name of Cohort                               Facilitator             Email                                        TC/IHE/BOCES/District 

Adiriondack Regional NBC Cohort      Amanda Zullo          zulloamanda@gmail.com                 North Country TC

Albany CSD Cohort                                Rita Floess                rfloess@gmail.com                            Albany CSD

                                                                  Jessica Short            jshort@albany.k12.ny.us

Central NY                                               Maria Fenton           fentonmaria55@gmail.com             CNY Teacher Center

                                                                  Trish Barboni           tbarboni@solvayschools.org

Niskayuna NBC Cohort                         Annette Romano    aromano12@gmail.com                    Niskayuna CSD

North Country NBC Cohort                  Patty Parmelee       pjparmelee@gmail.com                    GCR Teacher Center

                                                                  Maureen Sara         msara@gfsd.org                       

Schnectady CSD NBC Cohort               Amber Baldwin      baldwina@schenectady.k12.ny.us    Schenectady Teacher 

                                                                  David Bub               bubd@schenectady.k12.ny.us

                                                                  Meghan Libertucci libertuccim@schenectady.k12.ny.us

Stillwater CSD NBC Cohort                  Amy Carpenter        amycarpenter@scsd.org                    Stillwater CSD
                                                                  Julia Chesney           jchesney@scsd.org

Syracuse CSD Teacher Center             Kathleen Kurgan     kkurga51@scsd.us                               Syracuse TC

                                                                 Laurie Holtsbery      LHoltsbery@scsd.us

                                                                 Teresa Saurota         sauro@yahoo.com

Utica NWP Cohort                                 Danielle Brain          dbrain@uticaschools.org                   NWP

West Genessee                                      Kimberly  Smith       knsmith@westgenesee.org               West Genessee TC

Most facilitators are approved to provide graduate credit as part of a collaboration w/ ELT/Empire State College and NBCNY.

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