Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research Program

Luisa Silva (Maria) Murillo

Luisa Silva (Maria) Murillo

Arapahoe Ridge High School, Boulder, Colorado
Secondary School Teacher of Mathematics

Maria Murillo has been teaching Math at the Alternative Arapahoe Ridge High School for the past 15 years. She teaches mainly sophomores, juniors and seniors who are over-age, under credits, and ranging in age from 15 - 19. On average, there are 15 students in her class. For the last 7 years, she has also led Summer Learning programs for primarily at-risk Elementary level students ranging in age from 6 - 11, and with an average of 200 students at the site. This year, she was asked to serve as Dean of Students at the school of choice, New Vista High School with a population of about 350 students. Maria is an active advocate and leader who has worked in various committees at the school, district, and community level with the ultimate goal of supporting and advancing the most under-served populations, and minority groups.

Maria received a bachelor's degree in Geology from the University of Miami, a PhD in Numerical Computation from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2002, and an Administrative Leadership and Policies Studies Certificate from CU-Denver in 2015. Maria's hobbies include traveling, biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and dancing.

The title of Maria's inquiry project is Alternative Methods in the Greek Educational System and their Effect on Under-Served Populations, which will look at the various components of the Greek educational system (General schools, Experimental schools, Vocational schools, Multicultural schools, and Vocational Training schools), with the aim of observing best practices for supporting students that come from under-served populations and/or those affected by trauma that can be implemented in Colorado schools.

Rochelle Darville

Rochelle Darville

West St. John High School, Edgard, Louisiana
Secondary School Teacher of Science and Social Sciences

Rochelle Darville is a dedicated Middle/High School teacher with experience in teaching: Science, Louisiana History, Civics and AP Government for over the past 8 years in St. John the Baptist Parish, LA. Teaching at a small rural high school, she averages 15-20 students in her classes. Rochelle is a state recognized mentor teacher, and as a mentor she provides support for new teachers in the profession. She works diligently to promote STEM education and STEM equity in her district. Rochelle is the sponsor of her school's STEM, BETA (HONOR CLUB), Fishing and Yearbook Clubs. She has coordinated STEM Camps/programs in her community as well as  in her school district. She received her bachelor's degree in General Studies (Women Studies/Sociology) from the University of New Orleans and Master's degree in Public Administration from Southern University A&M College and a  Master's degree in the Art of Teaching (Middle School Social Studies and Special Education) from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Rochelle is currently working on a Ph. D in Science and Mathematics Education at Southern University A&M College. She works to educate  her community  through her volunteer work with  non-profit organization, Community Sisterhood and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Rochelle's inquiry project is entitled Culturally Relevant Practices in STEM Education, which seeks to examine the use of historical/cultural artifacts to engage multi-cultural students in STEM education. She hopes to gain pedagogical skills, techniques and strategies from Greek educators on how to engage multi-cultural learners in STEM. She hopes to use the knowledge gained through her inquiry experience to teach other teachers how to use cultural and historical artifacts to engage learners in STEM education.

The high road to service is traveled with integrity, compassion and understanding... People don't care how much we know until they know how much we care. (Anonymous)


Scholarships for US and Greek Citizens
Educational Advising / Study in the USA

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