Kate Murray is Principal Teacher in St. Augustine's National School, Clontuskert in Co. Galway. (www.clontuskert.scoilnet.ie )
Kate is a Microsoft Expert Educator Fellow and her project, 'Flying High, Exploring Aviation' won first prize at the European Microsoft Innovative Teacher Forum. It eventually placed third at the Worldwide Forum in 2009, out of 20,000 projects. She has achieved Global Learning Mentor and Surface Master Trainer accolades for technology integration and collaboration with schools and experts worldwide. Clontuskert is the only primary school in the Republic of Ireland to be a Microsoft Showcase School, an award given to schools that rethink teaching, learning and assessment to embed 21st Century competencies.
Kate is passionate about robotics and coding and mentors both World Robotics Olympiad and FIRST LEGO League Junior. Clontuskert is the Pioneer School in Ireland for FLL Junior, being the first school in Ireland to pilot the use of WeDo robotics in 2010.
Kate was awarded Galway Science Person of the Year in 2019 and her love of STEAM led to the Aviator of the Future ( http://www.aviatorofthefuture.com ) program, a partnership between Galway Education Centre and the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida. She is a Global Learning Ambassador for projects such as the Climate Action, (https://www.climate-action.info/ ) Human Differences ( http://www.humandifferences.com/ ) Innovation ( https://www.innovation-project.info/ ) and #NoMorePlastic ( http://www.no.moreplastic.info/ ) Projects. These projects focus on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the most recent Climate Action Project.
Kate is a Director of Camden Education Trust and is a Committee Member of Galway Education Centre and regularly speaks about innovative education and STEAM at national and international conferences.