Schools and Libraries
May 13, 2014
Long Beach High School science teacher Cody Onufrock was one of 42 Long Island teachers and 215 teachers from around the state who were named New York State Master Teacher Fellows. The Master Teacher Fellows program was established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in October 2103 to identify, reward and support master math and science teachers throughout the state. An initial cohort of 104 teachers from other areas of the state was announced at that time. Each regional program is paired with a SUNY campus to give participants more content exposure. Long Island teachers will be paired with Stony Brook University.
As a Master Teacher Fellow, Mr. Onufrock will serve as a professional mentor and content expert, assisting his peers in the classroom, while further developing his own expertise. He will also attend regular cohort meetings and participate in several professional development sessions each year.
Mr. Onufrock has taught science at Long Beach High School since 2002, specializing in IB and AP environmental science. In addition, he has taught regents and honors earth science, integrated science, living environment and astronomy. He is also the junior and senior science research coordinator and Adventuralist Club adviser.
Mr. Onufrock has put his scientific knowledge to work to better the larger Long Beach community. Since 2009, he has served as a project director of two EPA grant-funded environmental education projects for the Long Beach Latino Civic Association. He has also served as a member of the City of Long Beach Environmental Advisory Board.
Before his tenure at Long Beach High School, Mr. Onufrock taught science at Baldwin and Richmond Hills high schools, and was also a field research expedition leader for Western Suffolk BOCES, and an outdoor and environmental educator for Nassau BOCES.
Mr. Onufrock holds a master's degree in earth science education from Long Island University and a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Binghamton University.
"I look forward to collaborating with other Master Teachers and professors to enhance my pedagogy and share best practices," said Mr. Onufrock. "Science is fundamental to our livelihoods, and it is critical that our students develop strong scientific foundations."