Long Island Region

The Long Island Region encompasses only 2 counties, but 125 school districts.  Our goals are to increase the number of teachers pursuing the National Board Certification process and to grow the number of NBCTs in formal teacher leader roles that are formal, funded, and valued. We collaborate with NYSUT, NYSED, Teacher Centers, and districts to continue to spread the benefits of National Board Certification.  We have several ambassadors in both counties on Long Island who can present awareness sessions to school boards, administrators, and teachers who are interested in learning more about the National Board Certification Process.  We are also excited to have several Professional Learning Facilitators serving as adjunct professors through SUNY Empire and the NYSUT ELT who are able to offer graduate courses to those who pursue National Board Certification.


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Regional Coordinator

Sarah Duke has been teaching in New York since 1997, was certified in Orff-Schulwerk Levels 1-3 in 2004, and achieved National Board Certification in Music Early/Middle Childhood in 2011.  She currently teaches elementary general and choral music to students in kindergarten through sixth grade at Shelter Rock Elementary School in Manhasset. She facilitates cohorts for teachers seeking National Board Certification in Great Neck and Manhasset. Sarah has presented at National Board Writing Institutes on Long Island, delivered professional development based on the National Board Body of Knowledge in both the Hudson Valley Region and on Long Island, and participated in teams that trained NBCTs to become Professional Learning Facilitators in Buffalo and on Long Island.  She also serves on the Policy Board of Manhasset’s Teacher Resource Center, working with colleagues throughout the community to provide engaging, meaningful, and authentic professional development to district staff.


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Sarah Duke, NBCT

Shelter Rock Elementary

27A Shelter Rock Road

Manhasset, NY 11030



Support Near You!

NBCT Facilitator        Email                                    NYS Teacher Center or District 

Jen Wolfe                             jwolfe@oceansideschools.org                                                Oceanside Teacher Center

Sarah Duke                          sarahcarlyduke@gmail.com                                                   

Gigi Marasco                       gg4beach@optonline.net                                                        Manhasset Teacher Center

Gigi Marasco                       gg4beach@optonline.net                                                        Great Neck Teacher Center 

Christy Rochford                crochford@bellmore-merrick.k12.ny.us                                Bellmore-Merrick Teacher Center

Amanda Abbott                 aabbott@sewanhakaschools.org                                            Long Beach School District

Christina Dierlam               xtinablanc@gmail.com                                                           Sewanhaka Teacher Center


Elissa Reichstein                ereichstein@hhh.k12.ny.us                                                     Half Hollow Hills MESTRACT

Lillian Bilello                       lbilello@wfsd.k12.ny.us                                                            William Floyd Teacher Center

Amanda Abbot                   44abbott4@gmail.com                                                            Sewanhaka Teacher Center

Chris Fusaro                        fusaro13@aol.com                                                                  Plainedge CSD

Jennifer Seaman                 jennifer.seaman@plainedgeschools.org                             Plainedge CSD

Kristy Eberhart                   Kristine.Eberhart@ehschools.org                                          East Hampton Peconic Teacher Center

Sarah Duke                         sarahcarlyduke@gmail.com                                                  Brentwood CSD

Mark your Calendars! 

JumpStart for Candidates at Nassau BOCES (registration info will be forthcoming)

  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020 FOUNDATIONS 1

  • Wednesday, January 8, Component 2

  • Tuesday, January 21, Component 3

  • Wednesday, January 22, Component 4

  • Tuesday, February 4 Component 1

  • Wednesday, February 5, Foundations 2

Long Island Writing Institute (date/location TBD)

NBCNY Summit (dates/location TBD)