Greater Rochester Region



The Greater Rochester Region encompasses 10 counties and 82 school districts. Our main goal is to raise awareness for teachers and district administrators of the benefits to students and staff that the National Board Process provides. We also aim to increase the numbers of teachers in our region pursuing the new National Board Certification process. We collaborate with NYSUT, NYSED, Teacher Centers, BOCES, and districts to continue to spread the benefits of National Board Certification.  This year we are providing support to over 20 first time candidates and those going through the renewal process.  We were excited to attend the Teaching & Learning Conference in March and share what we learned with our schools and candidates. One of our Candidate Support Providers was a recipient of a Teach to Lead grant in Seattle and continues to work on her project within her school district. They have received national recognition for their work and have made many connections both locally and around the country. If anyone is interested in becoming an NBCT, we invite you to contact  Jennifer Heaphy and/or John O'Gorman, the Regional Coordinators of NBCNY Greater Rochester Region.

Regional Coordinator

Jennifer Heaphy, NBCT

Webster CSD

Regional Coordinator

PL Facilitator

and NEA Jump Start Trainer

John O'Gorman, NBCT



Regional Coordinators


Jennifer Heaphy achieved National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 2009 and renewed her certification in 2018.  She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Geneseo in 1991 and a master’s degree in literacy from Nazareth College in 1996.  Jennifer has been a teacher in the Webster Central School District for 27 years, teaching at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade levels and also serving as a building enrichment specialist.  She currently teaches 2nd grade at Klem North Elementary School in Webster. Jennifer is a National Geographic Certified Educator and is a Professional Learning Facilitator for National Board Certification.  She currently co-facilitates a National Board Certification cohort in conjunction with Nazareth College. She is also a NBCNY Advisory Council Member.

John O’Gorman achieved National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Mathematics in 2006 and renewed his certification in 2016.  He recently retired after 35 years of teaching high school/middle school mathematics and mentoring new teachers in the Fairport Central School District.  John is a former Fulbright Teaching Scholar, participating in a full year Fulbright Teacher Exchange teaching mathematics at Collegiate High School in Blackpool, England. In 2005, John received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Nazareth College. Since achieving his National Board Certification, John has actively supported teachers in their pursuit of the profession’s gold standard for accomplished teaching. John has attended the NEA Jump Start Academy,  the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Candidate Support Provider Training, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Conference and the Summer Academy. He currently co-facilitates the Nazareth College National Board Certification cohort. John is currently an adjunct professor and a College Based Teacher Educator in the School of Education at Nazareth College and is a founding Advisory Council Member of NBCNY.  

Support Near You!

Facilitator         Email                                   Cohort /Registration

John O'Gorman                                                                Greater Rochester

Tina Evans                                                                              

Claudine Dixon                                                Greater Rochester

Caron Lindstrom

Jennifer Heaphy 

The cohort meets regularly at Nazareth College.  Contact John or Claudine for more information.  All facilitators have had extensive training.  Candidates may apply for 3 graduate credits for each component through a partnership with NYSUT's ELT, Empire State College and the NBCNY Network.