CS4RI team at RIDE and the Computer Science Teachers Association Rhode Island chapter (CSTA-RI) annually recognize an outstanding Rhode Island computer science teacher for their impact on students and their community. This year and moving forward, the annual award will be named in honor of Dr. Carol Giuriceo a friend, colleague, and integral part of the CS4RI team and Director of the RI STEAM Center at Rhode Island College.
 
Carol M. Giuriceo passed away on July 30, 2021 after a battle with pancreatic cancer that she faced with courage, grace, and humor.  After graduating with a degree in film and television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Carol began a multi-faceted career, which included media production, museum exhibition development and design, undergraduate teaching, inclusivity projects, and program evaluation.  While working as the Thematic Director, Invention at Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, she became interested in innovation and equity in science education, which led her to doctoral studies in a joint program at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.
 
After completing a Ph.D. in Education in 2011, Carol became Director of the Rhode Island STEAM Center at Rhode Island College in Providence in 2013.  Her work at the STEAM Center included creating partnerships with formal and informal K-16 education, business and industry, and government agencies to increase science, technology, engineering, arts and design, mathematics (STEAM) literacy among all Rhode Islanders.
 
Carol’s passion for and commitment to mentoring and fostering inclusion in STEAM fields led to her participation in several related initiatives.  She was proud to serve as Chair of the Million Women Mentors, Rhode Island Executive Team, as a member of the Leadership Team of Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) initiative, and as Co-Coordinator of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing, RI Affiliate.
 
In 2018, Carol was recognized with a ‘Rhode Island Monthly and the Tech Collective TECH 10 Award.”  This award recognizes local individuals across ten categories from tech education to entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of modern society.
 
Over the years, Carol’s warm and friendly personality touched friends and family alike.  She is remembered not only as a dedicated professional, but also as a creative, loving, smart, fun, inspiring person who believed in putting good out into the world.  She was always caring and supportive and her family and colleagues will miss the light of her presence dearly.

2021 Dr. Carol Giuriceo Computer Science Teacher of the Year Award

Alison Murray

Alison Murray teaches and inspires students in Central Falls and colleagues across the state. As 2021’s recipient of the Carol Giuriceo Computer Science Teacher of the Year award, Alison embodies all the values that Carol and the CS4RI team hold as a beacon in their work. She has worked tirelessly to broaden the reach of computer science for typically underrepresented students. She has done this by designing a comprehensive Computer Science program for students in Central Falls. She has implemented and broadly shared CS curriculum modifications to increase access for English language learners. She is committed to supporting her CS educator colleagues across the state to achieving the same excellence in their classrooms as she does in hers. As an example, she is committed to connecting students with diverse industry mentors so they can see themselves in the CS field.  She has not only worked to connect her own students to a diverse group of industry mentors but has also created a website show-casing diverse Rhode Island CS professionals that serves as a resource for teachers and students across the state. This year’s recipient amazingly finds time serve as the Lead Trainer providing professional development to over 50 colleagues across the state as well as an active member of the Computer Science Teacher Association RI chapter.

2020 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Award 

Doug Rademacher

Doug Rademacher, lead computer science and information technology teacher at the Met School in Providence, Rhode Island has been named the recipient of the 2020 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Award.  The award recognizes an educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to computer science education in their schools, districts, and communities.  Doug 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 and 1 year of computer science teaching.


Doug has been with the Met School in Providence since 2010. Prior to joining the Met, he worked in the IT industry, his last position being VP/CIO at Rhode Island-based APC. Over the past two years, Doug has developed the Met’s CS/IT program and established student internships at several local businesses and organizations. He worked with CS4RI this year to pilot a U.S. Department of Education funded work-based learning course which will be implemented in 10 schools next year. Doug is also a board member of Junior Achievement RI.


As the recipient of the award, Doug will be working with CSTA-RI and CS4RI to share innovative practices and pedagogy in computer science.

  

2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Award

Bryan Lucas

Bryan Lucas, computer science/literacy teacher at Chariho Middle School has been named the recipient of the 2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Award.  The award recognizes an educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to computer science education in their schools, districts, and communities.  Mr. Lucas 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 and 1 year of computer science teaching.

Mr. Lucas has been with the Chariho Regional School District since 2006 after a long and distinguished career with the United States Navy.  His local and state involvement include working with the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity for middle school professional development and collaborating with University of Rhode Island faculty, the Rhode Island Department of Education  and state offices to develop computer science curriculum for all Rhode island schools under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.  He also served on the advisory committee that developed the Rhode Island K-12 Computer Science Education Standards.

As the recipient of the award, Mr. Lucas will be working with CS4RI and CSTA-RI to share innovative practices and pedagogy in computer science.