2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador

Margo Murphy
Science Teacher
Camden Hills Regional High School
Rockport, ME

Margo MurphyMargo Murphy teaches global science, AP environmental science, and sustainable agriculture at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Maine. Prior to her current position, Murphy taught science for 22 years at Georges Valley High School, where she served in many leadership roles throughout the district.

Murphy has served on numerous local and state committees. She was a member of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies from 2004–2006, where she was involved with the development of "America's Lab Report," "Taking Science to School," and "Ready, Set, SCIENCE!" She currently chairs the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) and has served on the board since 2011. The TAC has held several convenings focused on STEM education and elevating teacher voice and leadership. Publications from these convenings include: "STEM Learning is Everywhere," "Exploring Opportunities for STEM Teacher Leadership," and "Increasing the Roles and Significance of Teachers in Policymaking for K–12 Engineering Education." Murphy also serves on the board of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.

In 2003, Murphy became a national board certified teacher in Earth and space science and recertified in 2013. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1994 and the Presidential Innovation Award in 2013. In 2017, Murphy received the SeaWorld Environmental Educator Award. She has also received the Lou Lambert Outstanding Science Teacher Award from the Maine Science Teacher Association, was named the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher from the American Geological Society, High School Conservation Teacher of the Year from the State of Maine, and the Environmental Educator of the Year from the Maine Environmental Educators Association.

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