Welcome to the Western Section of STANYS:

Science Teachers Association of New York State.

The Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS) promotes excellence in science education and works with educators and communities to provide opportunities for all students to participate in and learn science. We believe in student-centered education that excites and invites participation by all students. We work to identify and promote exemplary programs and effective teaching practices based on tested research and to model new programs off key findings.

We strive for collaborative/partnership relationships with other professional and community organizations to build strong communication networks that are maintained through newsletters, telecommunications, and other publications.

The Western Section serves teachers and students in Erie and Wyoming Counties. We welcome all teachers Pre-K through college level, and preservice teachers.

What will STANYS membership mean for you?

  • Networking with innovative educators locally and statewide
  • Updates on current news and resources for NYSSLS
  • Access to science specific professional development opportunities and discounts on conference

Meet Our Board of Directors for Western Section

Timothy Coughlin, Director and Section Chair


  Sarah English, Co-Director, Vice Chair, Chemisty SAR

  Sarah English started her career in education as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa (95-97) as a math teacher after graduating from the University of Rochester. Upon returning to the United States, she continued her education at Niagara University with a Masters in Science Education and then at the University at Buffalo earning her PhD in Science Education in 2006. Dr. English is currently employed at Sweet Home High School in Amherst, NY and teaches Regents Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. Sarah is a NYS Master Teacher Emeritus, an ACS Chemistry club advisor and founder of the group WNY ChemConnect. She is an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College where she is teaches the Scienc Methods course. 


Karen Lester, Treasurer


Mary Kay Flett, Membership and Elementary Co-SAR


Cheryl Aldrich, Secretary, Website Manager, Elementary Co-SAR

 Mrs. Cheryl Aldrich is currently employed at the Sweet Home Central School District in Amherst, NY where she has been an elementary teacher for over 22 years. The past seven years have been spent as a Teacher on Special Assignment for Elementary Science, developing a new science program focused around inquiry science lab experiences for third to fifth grades across the district. She is also charge with developing a K-5 science curriculum centered around the NYS Science Learning Standards. Mrs. Aldrich received a Masters in Elementary Science Education from SUNY at Buffalo in 1998. She is a graduate of the Michelson Exxon Mobile Teacher Academy in 2013, working with writers of NGSS and the top educators in the United States. Mrs. Aldrich received the K-8 Outstanding Science Educator Award in 2014 from STANYS. More recently, Mrs. Aldrich joined the Western Section Board of Directors of STANYS as a Co-Elementary Subject Area Representative. In 2018, Mrs. Aldrich received the Anton Banko Award for Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching through STANYS, and became a NYS Master Teacher.


Susan Cyrulik, Intermediate SAR, BOCES Liaison




Katie Agen, Earth Science Co-SAR

 Kathryn Agen earned her BA in Biology from Mercyhurst University and her MS Ed. in Secondary Education (Biology 5-12) from Niagara University. Mrs. Agen went on to take additional coursework through Buffalo State College to earn her second science certification in Earth Science for grades 7-12. Mrs. Agen’s professional career includes 13 years of teaching Living Environment, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology and Earth Science and is currently teaching for Buffalo Public Schools at International Preparatory School. Mrs. Agen is an active member of the school community serving on School Based Management Team, Community Engagement Team, Safe and Civil Committee, Peer Mentoring and the district curriculum committee. Mrs. Agen is a member of STANYS and NSTA. Outside of school she enjoys spending time discovering Western New York with her husband and two children. She became a Master Teacher in 2018.

 Annette Miller, Earth Science Co-SAR

 Annette Miller earned her B.S.Ed. from SUNY College at Buffalo in Biology Education, Ed.M. from SUNY at Buffalo in Science Education and her C.A.S. in Teacher Leadership from Niagara University.  Over the past 14 years, Annette has taught Living Environment, Earth Science, and is currently teaching 7th and 8th grade science at International Preparatory School in Buffalo, New York.  Mrs. Miller is an active member of the school community, serving on the School-Based Management Team, Community Engagement Team, Building Committee, Middle School STEM Club, and serves as a Buffalo Teachers Federation Union Delegate.  She is a member of the Buffalo Public School’s Math and Science Partnership Grant and provides professional development monthly to district middle school science teachers.   Outside of school, Mrs. Miller is an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa-Alpha Chapter, a teaching altruistic sorority and enjoys spending time with her family.  She became a New York State Master Teacher in 2018.

 Katie Sugg, Living Environment SAR

 Katie earned her BS in Biology from SUNY Geneseo, her teaching certifications from D'Youville College, and her MS in Biology from SUNY Fredonia.  Her background in teaching spans more than two decades and includes working in the Buffalo Public, Silver Creek Central, Williamsville Central, and Clarence Central Schools (where she has been since 1997).  Katie has coached swimming and diving, and is a co-facilitator of BioShare.  Before becoming a Master Teacher, Katie was a part of the Biology and Chemistry Professional Development Network (previously Biology Mentor Network).  She loves sharing her love of Biology and the Human Body with her students and is looking forward to working with and learning from the other amazing Master Teachers. Katie is also a member of STANYS and NABT. Katie is a NYS Master Teacher Emeritus.

 Jeff Salerano, Physics SAR

 Mr. Salerno earned his BS in Physics from Canisius College in 1987 before earning his Masters in Physics Education in 1992. After a brief stint as a Research Assistant at the Hauptman Woodward Institute (HWI) in Buffalo, Mr. Salerno has taught physics for over 2 decades at Lake Shore HS in Angola. He continues to work summers at HWI as a laboratory technician and had run their summer high school internship program in the past. Jeff is also a member of Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and WNY Physics Teachers Association (WNYPTA). Jeff is a NYS Master Teacher Emeritus.


 David Henry, College SAR, Buffalo State College










Lowell Slywester, At-Large SAR