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Who we are and what we do

Greater Capital Region Teacher Center for Effective Teaching Policy Board

GCRTC Policy Board members left to right standing: Karen Fox, Director of Education, Capital Region Chamber of Commerce; Kristine Raskopf, Greenville CSD Faculty Emerita; Dr. Sherry Guice, Policy Board Co-Chair, Teacher, South Colonie CSD; Kate Gurley, Policy Board Co-Chair, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD; Terri McGraw, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany; Susan Moore-Palumbo, South Glens Falls CSD; Melissa Gergen, Guilderland CSD

Seated left to right: Bonnie Winchester, Hartford CSD; Maureen Sara, Glens Falls CSD; Mariah Duell, Broadalbin-Perth CSD; Tony McCann, Shenendehowa CSD Faculty Emeritus; Sandie Carner-Shafran, WSWHE BOCES; Audrey Vanderhoef, Berlin CSD 

GCRTC Board members unavailable for this photo: Tim Backus, Assistant Superintendent, South Colonie CSD; Dr. Robert Bangert-Drowns, Dean, School of Education, University at Albany; Maryanne Harper, Albany Academy for Girls Faculty Emerita; Teresa Hayes, Amsterdam CSD Faculty Emerita; Glenn Jeffers, Parent Representative, Bethlehem CSD; Kathleen Maguire, Hadley-Luzerne CSD; Kim Pusatere, Ballston Spa CSD; Nora Senecal, Hoosick Falls CSD; Allison Weber, Johnstown CSD.

What we do

The GCRTC Policy Board is responsible for establishing the mission, goals, and strategic plan for GCRTC and recruiting and employing personnel to carry out these missions, goals, and plans.  Working in partnership with the center's LEA, South Colonie CSD, and within its own bylaws, the Policy Board provides direction for the Center's professional learning programs and fiscal oversight to the Center's funds and expenditures, while ensuring that all state and local reporting requirements are fulfilled.

(Adapted from NYSUT Fact Sheet 15-18)

Mission and Goals

GCRTC continues its historic mission of developing teacher professional capacity through:

  • Employing research-based and vetted professional practices, tools, resources, and strategies in a coached and supported way for "deep learning."
  • Supporting implementation of teachers' professional learning into practice and assisting them with assessing student growth.
  • Cultivating teachers' capacity to share their expertise with their colleagues through teacher leadership coaching.


Teacher Center membership is free and is available to all schools - public, non-public and charter within the 13 counties surrounding Albany, NY (Albany, Columbia, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington). Click HERE to see our service area map.

Participation is easy. Districts should submit a declaration of participation, signed in blue by the District Superintendent and Union President. A copy of the declaration is available HERE.

Board Member News

The Policy Board and Staff of GCRTC are extremely proud to announce that Board members Mariah Duell, Kathleen Maguire and Maureen Sara recently achieved National Board Certification! National Board Certification (NBC) is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure. NBC has national standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. The National Board certifies teachers who successfully complete its rigorous certification process. (NEA)