Chair and Elementary SAR: Nancy Coddington
Nancy Coddington is the Manager of STEM Content, Services & Programming for WSKG Public Media. Ms. Coddington is a nationally certified PBS SciGirls trainer, promoting gender equitable science through professional development, outreach efforts and after school programming. Ms. Coddington received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from Empire State College. She also attended SUNY Cortland for Elementary Education. Ms. Coddington is a strong advocate in offering hands-on, inquiry based science opportunities to underserved youth. In addition, Ms. Coddington serves as the PR/Communications Lead for the NY STEAM Girls Collaborative Project, Southern Section STANYS Chair, Southern Section Elementary SAR, Communications lead on the board of directors for The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and serves on several regional coalitions.
Vice-Chair: Ken Lyman
Ken Lyman earned his B.S. at the State University of New York at Geneseo and his master’s degree at Binghamton University. He has been teaching at Jennie F. Snapp Middle School in the Union Endicott School District for 21 years.
Southern Region Director and Biology SAR: Dominick Fantacone
Dominick Fantacone earned a BS in Biology and a MBA in Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. After managing several small companies for 10 years, he went back to school and a Master of Arts in Teaching from SUNY Cortland. Mr. Fantacone is currently the Campus Coordinator for the NYS Master Teacher Program, and is an adjunct lecturer of biology at SUNY Cortland. A strong advocate for relevancy and real-life applications, he introduces his students to current events and research to help garner interest in science concepts. His professional interests focus on facilitating teacher-led professional development centered on content, pedagogical, and student knowledge. His current project involves working with the Alda Center for Science Communication to share importance of teachers and scientists being able to communicate science content to students and the community at large. Mr. Fantacone is the Biology SAR for STANYS (Southern Section), is a member of AAAS, and was 2011 Noyce scholar.
Secretary: Current Vacancy
Treasurer: Ethan Leet
Hello, my name is Ethan Leet. I am a Physics Teacher at Whitney Point School District. I have been teaching for over 10 years now. I have been involved with the development of the SUNY Broome Robotics Competition, and have been with them the full eight years of competitions. I have four science certifications, but I like teaching Physics the most.
Subject Area Representatives
Chemistry: James Saroka
James Saroka earned a BS in Animal Science and an MS in Nutrition Biochemistry from Cornell University. After working as a Research Specialist at Cornell, he worked in industry for 15 years. Mr. Saroka went back to school and received his teaching certification from the State University of New York at Cortland. He is currently teaching Chemistry at Lansing High School. A strong advocate for hands on, laboratory skills and inquiry-based learning, he involves his students in a variety of problem solving activities using probe ware and other laboratory techniques. His professional interests focus on cooperative learning and developing a flipped classroom. Mr. Saroka’s current projects include an ongoing analysis of the water quality of Salmon Creek and an assistant to the Lansing Robotics Club. In addition he is the Chemistry SAR for STANYS and is a member of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers, AACT.
College: Angela Pagano
Angela M. Pagano is the Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the State University of New York at Cortland. Dr. Pagano recently served as lead PI on one of only two undergraduate level Clinically Rich Program grants awarded by the New York State Education Department and is a foundational member of SUNY Cortland’s Center for Innovation in Education leadership team. Through collaborative efforts with Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Cornell University, NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP), the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS), and others, she has continuously worked to provide opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers to develop the skills and scientific understandings necessary to be an effective, 21st century educator. In addition to her work at Cortland, Dr. Pagano serves as the College Subject Area Representative for the STANYS Southern Section and sits on the advisory board of the central New York region’s NYS Master Teacher Program. Dr. Pagano also maintains an active teaching and research agenda in the biological sciences. Prior to coming to SUNY Cortland, Dr. Pagano taught biology, anthropology and environmental science at Chenango Forks High School in Binghamton, NY and developed and provided informal science education at an environmentally focused museum in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Pagano holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of New Rochelle, a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Binghamton University, and NYS teaching certification in biology and general science grades 7-12.
Earth Science: Timothy Conner
Timothy Conner earned his BA in Geology from Hamilton College and MSEd in Earth Science from Binghamton University. Mr. Conner retired from Chenango Forks Central School District after completing 32 years of teaching, 24 of which were spent as Science Department Chair. He is currently an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Geology at SUNY Cortland.
Applied Sciences and Engineering: Current Vacancy
Physics: Sabrina Laine
Sabrina Laine earned her BS and MS.Ed. in Physics Education from SUNY Cortland. She is currently teaching Regents Physics, College Physics, and College Astronomy at Chenango Forks High School in Binghamton. She also coaches the Science Olympiad team at Chenango Forks and has advised groups of students competing in a NASA sponsored lunar research project. She has been Physics SAR of the Southern Section since 2009 and has been awarded the Southern Section Service Award.
Intermediate: Maureen Smith
Maureen Smith earned a BS in Aquatic Fisheries Science from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She then joined the Peace Corps where she volunteered for 2 years in Ecuador. During this time Maureen worked on several Eco-tourism initiatives in her village as well as working with a women’s group on a sewing project. Mrs. Smith also created a group for local students to attend in order to get help on their schoolwork as well as learn English. After finishing her time with the Peace Corps, Maureen attended SUNY Cortland where she received her Master of Arts in Teaching. After graduation Maureen taught at Chenango Forks in both the middle school and high school for several years. While at Chenango Forks he ran the middle school Science Olympiad team, as well as the Video Production club and coached JV Girls Lacrosse. Maureen currently works at Broome-Tioga BOCES as the Regional Science Professional Development Specialist. In this role she is working with the schools in the region to enhance Science education and collaboration in the Southern Tier.
Retiree: Cora Walter
Cora is a retired science teacher of 40 years and taught in the Department of Defense Schools (Pacific and Atlantic Regions) Catholic Schools of Broome County and others. Cora is an advocate and judge for the e-cybermission, a virtual science program encouraging students to further their STEM discoveries. She enjoys traveling, her grandchildren and good wine.