Kelly Kerwin, 3-8 STEM Coach in the Pawtucket School Department has been named the 2019 Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader. The award recognizes a teacher who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + design, Mathematics – education. STEAM education adds arts + design (A) to the traditional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. STEAM acknowledges the important role design thinking and creativity play in innovative solutions to problems and in the development of new ideas.
Ms. Kerwin was selected through a competitive process that was open to all full-time, licensed K-12 teachers in Rhode Island who have at least 3 years of experience teaching.
A graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary & Special Education and a Master of Education in Urban Teaching, Ms. Kerwin has been with the Pawtucket School Department since 2015.
As the recipient of the award, Ms. Kerwin will be working with the Rhode Island STEAM Center to participate in two professional development workshops to share innovative STEAM practices and pedagogy. The award-winning lesson will also be made available to the public through the website of the STEAM Center.
The Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader Award is made possible through the joint efforts of the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo, the Rhode Island STEAM Center @ Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and Vertikal6, an IT consulting firm serving Greater New England.
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