Breonne Murray chosen for the prestigious summer institute for teachers | Local News

Wakulla High School teacher Breonne Murray will head to Alabama this summer for an immersive, three-week field study of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

“Stony the Road We Trod: Exploring Alabama’s Civil Rights Legacy” is a teaching institute presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alabama Humanities Alliance. The program, which will run July 10 to 30, selects no more than 30 educators from across the nation for this opportunity each year.

Murray has taught at Wakulla High School for five years and is the current Wakulla High School Teacher of the Year. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and is certified in Mathematics (6-12), as well as Engineering & Technology (6-12). This is her third year as the Wakulla High School Engineering instructor. In her role as a career and technical education instructor, Murray holds certifications for Introduction to Engineering, Principle of Engineering, Engineering Design and Development, WordPress Certified Editor, and Autodesk Inventor Industry Certification.

Murray leads and enriches at Wakulla High School. She stays involved on campus by organizing the annual Civil Rights Tour and Committee, which works extensively with a group of 25+ students each school year to bring awareness to African American History. Since taking over the position of Black History Studies Coordinator at the high school, the school has experienced its highest turnout for the annual Black History Month Program.

“Participating in this teaching institute will expand my knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement, which allows me to create student-focused activities year-round,” Murray said.

The opportunity will enable Murray to learn how events in Alabama impacted not just the South and the nation, but the world. Birmingham will serve as the host city for the institute, with field research taking place in Selma, Montgomery and Tuskegee – all key “battleground” sites in the struggle for human and civil rights.

The ultimate goal of “Stony the Road” is to equip teachers with firsthand experiences and primary resources they can use to bring the civil rights era to life in their classrooms and schools. Educators will also learn to better engage their students in conversations about that era’s legacy today.

“The power of this experience comes from getting to walk the same ground where these life-altering events took place, where the promises of the US Constitution became a greater reality for more Americans,” said Dr. Martha Bouyer, an Alabama Humanities Fellow and project developer and director for the “Stony the Road” institute.

Murray will have the chance to interact with iconic leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement and talk with scholars who are experts in the field. She will also travel to key sites of memory and preservation, and review archival film footage and primary sources as she develops new curricular plans to bring back to Wakulla County Schools.

“I plan to use this experience to create a comprehensive study plan for our students in the district, from eighth grade to senior year, by expanding on our established Civil Rights Tour.” Murray said.

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