About the Teachers' Center

  • In 1984, New York State United Teachers successfully lobbied the New York State Legislature to pass Section 316 of the Education Law. For the first time, a NYS law established a governing structure that gave teachers control over an important aspect of their professional lives, their professional development. In 1987, the West Seneca Teachers' Center was established, primarily under the auspices of the West Seneca Teachers' Association. Today, over 133 teachers' centers provide ongoing, consistently high-quality, cost-effective professional development for thousands of educators in our state.

Mission Statement

  • The West Seneca Teachers' Center, a unified group of educators, provides opportunities for ongoing professional growth and development for the West Seneca Educational Community. These opportunities enhance instructional behavior, benefiting and improving performance by students and staff. Our Center also collaborates with other educational stakeholders in joint efforts to promote a community of lifelong learners.

Our Focus

  • For the upcoming 2023 - 2024 school year, our center will be focusing on two key areas:

    1. Professional learning and/or support for teachers to prepare for implementation of the NYS K-12 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards
    2. Professional learning and/or support for new teachers through mentoring and induction.


    The 2022 - 2023 school year  our center focused on two key areas:

    1. Professional learning and/or support for enhancing educators’ strategies and skills in meeting the needs of diverse learners: those who learn differently from the majority and/or are racially, ethnically, culturally, economically, or linguistically diverse.
    2. Professional learning and/or support for the creation and maintenance of safe, secure, supportive and inclusive learning environments for all students

Related Files

Teachers' Center Office/Workroom Hours

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 2:30-5:00 pm, the center is open after student hours on Fridays by appointment.


  • West Seneca CSD Teachers' Center
    East Middle School, Room 4
    1445 Center Road
    West Seneca, New York, 14224

    Teachers' Center Director
    Pat Braunscheidel 

    Current Policy Board Members

    Policy Board Co-chairpersons
    Kristen Frawley and Amanda Swygert

    Public School Representatives
    Tom Meaney, Torrence Jones, Penny Schleifer, Elizabeth Goodman, Lisa Donovan, Melissa Vanderwerf, and Rosalia Carraba

    Administrative Representatives
    Jonathan Dalbo and Carol Bush

    Higher Education Representative
    Chris Shively

    Business Representative
    James Suchocki

    Non-Public School Representative
    D'Lynn Zurek 

    Parent Representative
    Cori Zagara

Equipment Usage

  • The Center is well stocked with equipment such as poster printers, copiers, laminators, ellison machines, button maker, art waxers, color copier/printer and a fully-equipped computer lab enabling teachers to create attention-grabbing visual aids for their students.

    Please note: Teacher Center supplies are limited as per the WSTC Usage Policy.  Center supplies are available to WSCSD employees and the teaching staff of our participating non-public schools (Queen of Heaven, Trinity Lutheran, and West Seneca Christian).

    If you are a West Seneca teacher, please consider supporting this great resource. If you have any questions, please contact our Director, Pat Braunscheidel. Our center hours are 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.