Fox Chapel Area Educator Wins Carnegie Science Award
Stephanie Reilly, Fox Chapel Area School District's online learning coordinator, has been named the winner of the 2019 Carnegie Science Center’s High School Educator Award. Reilly, who joined the Fox Chapel Area School District in January, previously was a math and science teacher at Plum High School.
She was nominated for the award by former Plum colleague Kristen Rowe, who said of Reilly: "She has worked tirelessly at Plum High School to integrate STEM technology into her classroom and school building, bringing innovation to her students and fellow educators through classes, camps, and other programs. As a former engineer herself, she is a mentor for students whose race or gender are underrepresented in STEM industries and inspires them to have the confidence and perseverance to pursue the opportunities she knows they deserve."
Reilly helped to establish an annual STEAM Playground at Plum where students show community members how to operate drones, build robots, code animations, and more. She also organized STEAM camps for teachers and girls in grades 5-8 during the summer to inspire them to use technology creatively.
At Fox Chapel Area, Reilly is the coordinator of Fox Chapel Area Online, the district's cyber school. Since her arrival, she has overseen the creation of a drop-in center at Fox Chapel Area High School where students can work one-on-one with their teachers.
"I am so grateful to be receiving this prestigious award and to all of the amazing students I've gotten to work with over the years," Reilly said.
She will receive her award on May 10 at the 23rd Annual Carnegie Science Awards Celebration at the Carnegie Science Center's PPG Science Pavilion.
The Carnegie Science Center established the Carnegie Science Awards program in 1997 to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in Western Pennsylvania.