Central Falls High School teacher receives R.I. STEAM Educator Award

ALLISON MURRAY, third from right, a computer science teacher at Central Falls High School, was recently presented with the 2022 Rhode Island STEAM Educator Award. Pictured with Murray, from left, are R.I. Department of Education STEM specialist Carolyn Higgins, Rhode Island Energy Manager of External Affairs Marisa Albanese, Rhode Island STEAM Center Executive Director Lisa Bain, Rhode Island Energy Head of External Affairs Brian Schuster, R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, Central Falls High School Principal Bob McCarthy and Central Falls Superintendent Stephanie Downey Toledo. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

CENTRAL FALLS – Alison Murray, a computer science teacher at Central Falls High School, received the 2022 Rhode Island STEAM Educator Award in a surprise ceremony Nov. 30.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

State education officials, including R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, presented Murray with the award, which includes a $500 classroom stipend and a $500 personal award courtesy of Rhode Island Energy. Additionally, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council provided two complimentary passes for the Explorer Riverboat Tour, and PASCO Scientific, a national innovator in STEM education, donated to Murray a code node device.

Murray’s career highlights include being selected for the University of Rhode Island’s Teacher at Sea program due to her leadership in URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography. She also worked for weeks with Central Falls students teaching critical concepts around oceanography and environmental engineering, and later assisted students in building a boat, which Murray launched hundreds of miles off the coast of Rhode Island from the research vessel Endeavor.

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“From exploring 3D printing to building a boat launched into the Atlantic, Central Falls students are receiving a truly world-class STEAM education thanks to Alison Murray,” Infante-Green said in a statement.

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.

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