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Lindsay Murray (VA '16)


South Salem Elementary School
Salem, VA

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 2

At the time of the Award, Lindsay Murray was:

W.E. Cundiff Elementary
Vinton, VA

Subject(s) taught: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
Grade(s): 4

Biographical Information

Lindsay Murray encourages her fourth-grade students to become productive problem-solvers. At W.E. Cundiff Elementary School, a pre-K‒5 Title I school in Vinton, Virginia, Murray was instrumental in the implementation of the Virginia Children's Engineering program, now part of the curriculum throughout the region's elementary schools. She blends STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with project-based learning to meet the requirements of the state standards and has launched several student research projects to encourage more hands-on learning.

Murray holds her students to high standards, challenging them to succeed in all academic areas and giving them the tools to do so. Whether for enrichment or remediation, Murray's instruction is timely and specific to each child's needs—an important skill set in a school where mainstreamed special education students make up about 16% of the overall school population. Murray's influence is reflected in the school's assessments: Students surpass state SOL (Standards of Learning) in both math and reading, with Murray's students scoring 10-15% higher than school averages. Still, Murray makes it clear to students, families and colleagues that she considers test scores only one indicator of success. She aims to inspire students to become lifelong learners and motivates other educators to do the same.

Murray has presented at the state level on teaching engineering and science to children and serves on the district's STEM committees, the Alternative Assessment Development Committee, the Committee for Creating Third Grade Alternate Science Assessment, Math Curriculum Writing Committee and the Community Advisory Committee. At the school level, she has served as her grade-level chair since 2012, is the school's science representative, and represents the faculty in Cundiff's PTA. A skilled relationship-builder, Murray provides parents with regular updates and invites them to get involved in classroom activities.

Murray earned a bachelor's in interdisciplinary liberal studies in 2007 and a master's in education (pre-K–8) in 2008 from James Madison University.

Press release: Engineering Success Is Elementary: Virginia Fourth-Grade Teacher Lindsay Murray Earns $25,000 Milken Educator Award

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Lindsay Murray In The News

Cundiff’s Lindsay Murray Receives Prestigious Milken Educator Award
The Vinton Messenger  |  Dec 09, 2016  |  Vinton, VA

Roanoke County Teacher Wins $25K Milken Educator Award
The Washington Post  |  Via AP  |  Dec 08, 2016  |  Washington, D.C.

Vinton Teacher Honored with $25,000 Milken Award for Innovation
The Roanoke Times  |  Dec 07, 2016  |  Roanoke, VA

Roanoke County 4th Grade Teacher Wins National Milken Educator Award
WSLS-TV  |  NBC  |  Dec 07, 2016  |  Roanoke, VA

Vinton Teacher Wins 25K Milken Award
WFIR-FM  |  Dec 07, 2016  |  Roanoke, VA

A Roanoke County Elementary School Teacher Gets Surprised with a Major Award
WFXR-TV  |  FOX  |  Dec 07, 2016  |  Roanoke, VA

Watch: Roanoke County 4th-Grade Teacher Gets $25,000 for Winning Teaching Award
WDBJ-TV  |  CBS  |  Dec 07, 2016  |  Roanoke, VA

Roanoke County Elementary School Teacher Receives One of Education's Highest Honors
WVTF-FM  |  NPR  |  Dec 07, 2016  |  Roanoke, VA

Vinton Teacher Wins Prestigious Award And $25,000
WSET-TV  |  ABC  |  Dec 07, 2016  |  Roanoke, VA