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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.  



Regional Coordinators:


Regina Anderson, NBCT


Annette Romano, NBCT

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Co-Regional Coordinators

Regina Anderson achieved National Board Certification in Literacy:Reading-Language Arts in 2013. She brings over 27 years of teaching and instructional coaching experience to the NBCNY team. She currently teaches reading for grades 3-5 and provides district professional development and coaching K-12 at Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School in Cobleskill, NY. Born and raised in Upstate New York. She received her Elementary, Special Education and Literacy degrees from The College of Saint Rose and Sage Colleges. Regina facilitates cohort groups, writing institutes, Jump Start academies and teachers seeking National Board certification. Regina is passionate about ensuring that teachers are supported through coaching, reflection and collaboration.

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Annette Romano is the Co-Chair of NBNY and Co-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 and University at Albany School of Education's Dean's Leadership Council.

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

Adiriondack Regional NBC Cohort      Amanda Zullo                 

North Country Teacher Resource Center

                                                                                                                                                                 Adirondack Teacher Center 


Albany CSD Cohort                                Rita Floess                                  Albany CSD

                                                                  Jessica Short  


Catskill Regional NBC Cohort              Regina Anderson          Catskill Regional TC

Central NY                                              Maria Fenton              OCM BOCES

                                                                 Trish Barboni 


Clarkson NBC Cohort                           Becky Remis                          Clarkson University -Schdy 


Greater Capital Region TC                   Geoff Bizan                  Greater Capital Region TC


Niskayuna NBC Cohort                        Annette Romano                    Niskayuna CSD

Schenectady CSD NBC Cohort            Meghan Libertucci        Schenectady TC 


Stillwater CSD NBC Cohort                  Liz Retell                                       Stillwater CSD

Syracuse CSD Teacher Center             Kathleen Kurgan                            Syracuse TC

                                                                 Laurie Holtsbery

                                                                 Teresa Saurota

West Genesee NBC Cohort                 Kimberly  Smith             West Genesee
                                                                                                                                                       Syracuse UniversityTeaching Center

Check with facilitators to see if they provide graduate credit as part of a collaboration w/ NYSUT's ELT/Empire State College.

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