Randy Gunnell Named a Master Teacher

Randy Gunnell of Harrison Central School District has been named a Master Teacher. Gunnell earned his B.A. in Physics from SUNY Geneseo and M.A. in Science Education from Western Governors University. Recently, he completed a certificate program in STEM Leadership at Columbia Teachers College and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. 


Mr. Gunnell teaches Physics and Science Research at Harrison High School where he also serves as advisor to his district’s Gay-Straight Alliance and Student Government organizations. In the evening, Gunnell teaches AP Physics at Westchester Hebrew High School. He works to support his under-represented students as a board member of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) local chapter.


 In his personal time, Gunnell loves playing with his three cats and participating in sports like bowling and skiing (although he can’t help but apply physics concepts to help him improve). 


Since becoming a Master Teacher, he has studied Ocean & Estuarine Circulation, explored bridge engineering through the STEAM Over the Hudson workshop at the Bear Mountain Bridge and attended A Deeper Dive into NYSSLS conference with Paul Andersen. 


 Gunnell looks forward to continuing to collaborate with other STEM Master Teachers who are equally as excited as he is about expanding and improving their professional practice.


Master Teachers participate in the four-year program and receive a $15,000 stipend annually. Gunnell will attend regional meetings at SUNY New Paltz and join in and lead several professional development sessions each year.