Mary Munford Elementary teacher wins $25,000 in new classroom technology

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A fourth grade teacher at Mary Munford Elementary School in Richmond won the grand prize of $ 25,000 at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education first competition of the Central Intelligence Agency Mission Possible Classroom Transformation.

Crystal Clark was surprised at a meeting with school principal Greg Muzik on Thursday with the main prize of the competition, which is tied to $ 25,000 for new classroom technology.

The competition is designed to help boost the formation of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and math – ORISE said in a press release.

Those who teach a STEAM subject between third and tenth grades in Richmond, Baltimore and Washington, DC could qualify for the competition. You had to submit a three to four minute video that was shown creatively “The need for and possible use of technology in your classroom.”

ORISE, a US Department of Energy asset “dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research and health initiatives by the Department and its laboratory system,” according to its publication, provides expertise in the development of STEM employees.