Tracy Gyoerkoe developed her passion for Career and Technical Education while teaching English in the Capital Region BOCES alternative education program and becoming one of the first teachers of CTE integrated academics in New York State. She developed curriculum and began sharing ideas and strategies with both internal colleagues and those around the state. Prior to entering the CTE world, she had taught English at Salmon River, Saratoga Catholic, and Voorheesville school districts.
With a BA in English Education from St. Bonaventure University and an MA in English from SUNY Albany, Tracy sought and earned her certificate through Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in order to begin her administrative career and expand her influence circle. For five years, she served as Coordinator of Integrated Academics then Supervisor of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Technology at Capital Region BOCES. The next ten years, she led the Jefferson Lewis BOCES Career and Technical Department as director and retired in 2020 after 32 years in public education.
During her administrative career, Tracy developed curriculum and new programs to meet the needs of the community, component districts, and students, Engineering and Design, Hospitality Services, and a Pre-tech Academy for 10th graders, to name a few. She facilitated a committee structure aimed at school improvement headed by a multi-stakeholder CTE Advisory committee and including faculty advisory, professional development, and other sub-committees. Promoting career pathways, she collaborated with colleges, economic development and community organizations to develop and conduct several career exploration tools for youth.
Outside of work, Tracy is an active member of the American Association of University Women, serving as an officer for many years in her local branch. She and her husband, Dan, recently relocated to Canandaigua to be closer to the Western New York region as well as her daughter and three grandsons.
New York City and Yonkers
Marsha Wilsker Iverson was a Business Educator, Curriculum Coordinator, and Administrator in the Valley Stream High School District. She retired from Valley Stream after 37 years.
She is the co-author of three published textbooks and numerous professional publications in various areas of Career and Technical Education. In addition, Marsha was the President of the Business Teachers Association on New York State and continues to serve on their Board. She was a recipient of the Clinton A. Reed Award.
After retiring from Valley Stream, Marsha was an interim administrator in three school districts. In addition, she was Director of Adult and Continuing Education and Test Preparation for SCOPE Education Services on Long Island.
In addition to her work as a Field Associate for the CTE Technical Assistance Center, she is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Hofstra University. Marsha directs the Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Work Based Learning programs. Supervising prospective teachers enables her to continue to make a difference in many classrooms.
Marsha provides professional development throughout the country and has written many courses for the Teacher Education Institute. The courses are all taught in both classroom and online formats.
Marsha enjoys sharing her passion for Career and Technical Education with educators across New York State.
Ellen Palazzo has been a CTE advocate throughout her career, in the Valley Stream Central High School District on Long Island and beyond. Upon graduating from the newly reorganized School of Human Ecology at Cornell University Ellen understood the potential of her role as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and the power of applied academics. She developed many courses and programs, integrating the curriculum and expectations to the goals and objectives of the entire educational program of the district and assisted other districts in this as well.
In her years at Valley Stream she served as a teacher, mentor, department head, district curriculum specialist, staff developer, Career Internship/Work Experience district coordinator, Nassau BOCES Perkins Consortium liaison, business advisory board director and district coordinator of CTE. She developed programs in CTE for special populations including special education students and English language learners. She directed a disabilities awareness program, Kids on the Block, which performed at schools and colleges throughout the NY/Metropolitan area. Ellen was selected to pilot the first distance learning classes on Long Island and was honored by Hofstra University, Long Island University, Long Island FACS Educators and Planned Parenthood of Long Island as an outstanding educator.
She was a NYSED in-service trainer for NYSFACS on Long Island and an adjunct lecturer in the Adelphi University High School Program. Ellen is the Coordinator of the Long Island Region for Virtual Enterprises International. In her community, she is a committee chairperson for the Cornell Alumni Ambassadors Network and serves on the board of Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center.
Steve has spent the past 38 years in the CTE field. After graduating with an Associate degree in Animal Husbandry from SUNY Cobleskill, he continued on to Cornell University for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education and remained on for his Master of Science Degree in Agriculture Education and Educational Administration. He later received a School Administrator/Supervisor certificate from Hofstra University.
In 1983, Steve accepted a teaching position in the Agriculture Department at John Bowne
High School in New York City. While teaching, he planned and developed a large exotic animal laboratory along with relevant curriculum. He coordinated placement and supervision of summer interns, was advisor to the FFA, expanded the Animal Science curriculum, and served as Dean of students.
In 1996, Steve accepted the position of Assistant Principal, Supervision/Agriculture. While Assistant Principal he greatly expanded its student enrollment and curriculum. The Agriculture Program has been selected as New York State's outstanding agriculture program by the New York Association of Agriculture Educators and has most recently been named as the first recognized New York State Career and Technical Education Model Program.
Steve was named outstanding teacher over several years, has been nominated for Disney's American Teachers Award, and was recognized by the NYC Dept. of Education as their outstanding Supervisor/Administrator of the year. He was the keynote speaker for SUNY Cobleskill’s Fall 2006 graduation commencement and the recipient of the 2014 NYS Nursery Landscape Association George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture as well as the 2018 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. He has served as a member of the content advisory committee for the NYS Teacher Certification Examination in Agriculture and served as a member of the NYS Agriculture Program Assessment Task Force for Cornell University Agriculture Education Outreach Program. Finally, Steve is quite proud of his involvement in the 9/11 Memorial Survival Tree Seedling Program, a program that donates seedlings from the 9/11 survivor tree to 9/11 memorials as well as to communities that have overcome tragedy.
Rosemarie (Rie) Posillico
Rosemarie (Rie) Posillico retired in 2015 after 38 years of teaching/administrative experience in the Capital Region. Prior to retiring, she most recently was the K-12 Director of CTE and Health Education, and Coordinator of the Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District. She began her career teaching Home Economics at Shaker High School in the North Colonie School District and later was the Department Administrator for Family & Consumer Sciences and Health Education in the Shenendehowa Central School District. Rie holds a BS Degree in Home Economics from SUNY Plattsburgh, a MS Degree in Curriculum Planning & Development from the University at Albany, and a MS in Educational Administration & Supervision from The College of Saint Rose.
Rie’s expertise includes the areas of teaching, program development and assessment, supervision and evaluation, professional development, interschool and community collaboration, resource management, and promoting a positive public image of CTE in local school districts. Recent initiatives include using data to conduct ongoing assessment and revision of CTE programs to ensure a comprehensive, relevant and rigorous curriculum, securing college credit for CTE courses at the high school level, implementing the Engineering byDesign™ technology education curriculum, and gaining NYSED CTE approval for the FACS program of study in Human Services.
Rie has also been a consultant for NYSED in the areas of curriculum and assessment since 1987. During this time she has worked on the NYS Learning Standards and the National Standards for Family & Consumer Sciences Education, assisted with the development of the statewide proficiency examinations in Family and Consumer Sciences, written and revised many Family and Consumer Sciences curricula, co-authored curriculum and assessment documents, and presented on the local, state and national levels.
Throughout her career in teaching and administration, Rie has helped educators enhance their ability to best prepare students for the future. She focuses on using her educational, professional, and leadership background in CTE to initiate, cultivate, sustain, and enjoy effective relationships with school districts, post-secondary institutions and educational/community agencies.
Michael K. Woods
Central and Northern NYS
Michael K. Woods, a product of Career and Technical Education, has been working professionally in the CTE field since 2009, but attributes much of his success to Agricultural Science Education courses and FFA membership which formed the foundation of his passion for CTE as a freshman in high school. Mike earned his B.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences in 2009 and his M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education from North Carolina University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 2013.
After teaching Agricultural Science and advising an FFA program in south-central Pennsylvania, Mike explored new professional opportunities within CTE through writing course assessments and participating in train-the-trainer events for Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Shortly thereafter, Mike transitioned into his latest professional role with the Association for Career and Technical Education® (ACTE) as the State Association Liaison for Region I. Since November 2014, he has dedicated himself to strengthening ACTE State Associations and CTE leadership teams throughout the fifteen (15) state territory, on behalf of the Association, in addition to growing membership within the Region – which includes New York.
At the core of his professional concentration, Mike has provided professional development workshops, seminars, and talks across the Nation with a focus on developing effective leaders and implementing dynamic leadership strategies for emerging leaders.
Woods has received many accolades throughout his professional history as a Career and Technical Education instructor and leader. Most-recently, he was honored with the Harold L. Pride Award by the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) and the Jim Hanneman Memorial Award presented by Region I of ACTE.
Mike has a true inborn fondness and passion for Career and Technical Education, which he is enthusiastic to share throughout the CTE community in New York.