2020 Teacher of the Year:
Rachel Murat has been an educator at Maine-Endwell High School for 24 years. Throughout those years, she has taught classes in grades 9-12, including AP government and politics, digital citizenship, digital leadership, entrepreneurship, economics, global history, US history, sociology, and psychology. Murat earned her bachelor of arts from Ohio University in 1995 and her master of science from Binghamton University in 2001. As an active participant in the lives of her students, Murat has served as advisor to many clubs including Key Club, Student Council, Habitat for Humanity, Girl Up, and Mock Trial. She has been the class advisor for nine graduating classes and has taken her students on educational trips including to the Presidential Inaugurations in 2009 and 2017. Her desire to continue her learning has led her to EdCamps, conferences, and summits all over the country. Murat has been the organizer of several regional educational conferences and has been featured in recent publications for her work in the field of digital citizenship. Murat is very active on social media and views it as a tool to break down the traditional limitations of professional development, and to connect her students to the world. Murat is the Founder and President of M-EALS and Leadership, a federally recognized 501c3 nonprofit district food pantry system that feeds over 100 district families with weekly home deliveries of food. Murat is a contributing author to DigCit Kids (Digital Citizens Institute) and was named a NYS Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2019.