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Pembroke High School Teacher Awarded National Educators Award

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NOTICE:  Pembroke High School Teacher Awarded National Educators Award


Pembroke, MA-   The Pembroke Public School District is proud to announce that Pembroke High School Computer Science teacher, Elaine Griggs has been recognized with the National Educator Award in Computer Science.  The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) recognized Ms. Griggs with this honor and brought her to a CSTA conference in Arizona over the summer.  This conference brought together many top educators from all over the country who are at the forefront of computer science in education.  The conference included many cutting-edge topics and training.

The Computer Science Teaching Excellence Award recognizes educators who demonstrate their excellent work inspiring students to explore the computer science field; effectively engage students in learning rigorous, standards-aligned, computer science content; and a focus on broadening participation of underrepresented students in computing. 

Without strong CS educators and the students’, they inspire, innovations in the computer science field would be stagnant. Elaine Griggs has been working to grow the computer science program at Pembroke High School since its inception and oversees the very successful Pembroke Robotics Club. Students at PHS have been growing the robotics program and got involved in the International Competition — BotBall. Pembroke Robotics also takes part in MIT's ZERO Robotics international program coding SPHERES in simulated zero gravity. Teaching app development with AP CSP (CS Principles). Elaine also coaches Technovation, after piloting it in MA — an International App development challenge for girls, and participates in the CAC — Congressional App Challenge another Mobile app competition. She strongly advocates for Girls in Computer Science. Elaine is involved with CSTA locally and a National Facilitator for ECS PD — Exploring Computer Science. Elaine is excited about the two new ECS units in AI (Artificial Intelligence) and eTextiles. She will be piloting eTextile creativity in her mini-maker space in her classroom next year. Elaine loves that by in teaching computer science at the high school, she sees a high level of student engagement, as students bring their creativity to life.