Karin Cyganovich, a physics and forensics science teacher at Cheektowaga Central High School, was recognized as the 2020 recipient of the STANYS Champion of Teacher Development Award. The Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) held a virtual ceremony to announce the award, which honors teachers who advocate for science education and help science teachers grow instructionally.
“I love science, I love teaching, and I love to learn new things and to share that knowledge,” said Mrs. Cyganovich, who has been with the district since 1996. “I am most happy helping others of all ages and in all stages of their lives learn. In short, I am excited to win an award for doing something I enjoy so much.”
At CCSD, she has helped teachers grow instructionally by being a mentor for 19 years, the K-12 science curriculum leader for 11 years, a district instructional coach for five years and the High School Lead Learner for three years.
Outside of school, she has held numerous leadership positions in STANYS including Director at Large for Physics, Director of Committee for Professional Learning and Association Secretary, all positions that focus on helping teachers instructionally. She is a Superkey Leader on science educational matters for the Northwestern section of the state. On weekends and throughout the summer she travels across the state leading professional science workshops, which since March 2020 have gone on virtually.