A William Floyd High School chemistry teacher has been named to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 19-member “Reimagining Education” advisory council, whose aim is to develop a blueprint for online and in-person learning in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Martin Palermo, who is one of only two K-12 teachers across the state on council, has been a William Floyd High School teacher for the past 14 years, four as a living environment teacher and the past 10 teaching Regents/Honors chemistry.

The advisory council is designed “to help districts reimagine schools as they prepare to reopen while protecting health and safety, how virtual learning can bridge the gap, and supplement face-to-face education when schools reopen,” according to a news release.

“Governor Cuomo made a great choice in appointing Mr. Palermo for his ‘Reimagining Education’ Advisory Council,” said William Floyd schools superintendent Kevin M. Coster. “With his participation, we can be sure that the needs of the William Floyd School District and our community as a whole are taken into deep consideration. The district will work closely with Mr. Palermo on this new venture.”

Palermo is a New York State Master Teacher Emeritus (NYS Master Teacher Class of 2015). In 2016, he received the Stony Brook University “40 Under Forty” award for “demonstrating achievements in education as well as exemplifying the spirit of Stony Brook University,” his alma mater. He is a published author in “Chemistry Solutions” and a peer-reviewer for the “Journal of Chemical Education” and a science education researcher. 

Palermo earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry and a master’s in teaching science from Stony Brook University. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in science education from Stony Brook University in the field of teacher leadership and science teacher turnover. 

“I am excited for the opportunity to utilize my experience as a teacher in the William Floyd School District, educational researcher at Stony Brook University and as a parent in the South Country School District,” Palermo said. “I am committed to representing our community and all the communities throughout the state as they look to transform the future of education in New York.”