Laura Opitz Named Middle School Science Teacher of the Year

North Country Road Middle School teacher is honored by the Science Teachers Association of New York State

Laura Opitz, a science teacher at North Country Road Middle School in the Miller Place School District, was recently named the 2023 Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS).

“Ms. Opitz is an extraordinary teacher and an encouraging mentor to both students and members of our faculty and staff. We commend her on this very well-deserved achievement,” said Miller Place School District Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie.

Ms. Opitz is a veteran teacher and Science Club advisor who has helmed many unique and interactive learning opportunities for her students. Recently, she and her students worked with the New York Marine Rescue Center to rehabilitate and rescue a sea turtle named Peachy Keen. Her students continue to monitor Peachy Keen, who is currently navigating the Northeastern Coast of Florida.

This past fall, Ms. Opitz brought another exciting project to Miller Place by collaborating with the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and NASA. Students had the opportunity to conduct research and present their findings to NASA researchers and administrators during the live, virtual Student Research Symposium. 

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NCRMS Principal Matthew Clark, left, with Superintendent of Schools Seth Lipshie, NCRMS Science Teacher Laura Opitz, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Susan Craddock and Curriculum Specialist for Math and Science Nicholas Corleto.