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Lorén M. Spears

Lorén M. Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, has been an educator for over 25 years. Mrs. Spears holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from the University of Rhode Island and a Master's in Education from the University of New England.  She has received the Urban League of Rhode Island's Woman of Substance Award and the Extraordinary Woman Award on International Woman's Day for her work with Indigenous youth. 

She shares her Narragansett cultural knowledge and traditional arts learned through her family with the public through museum tours, classes, lectures, workshops, educator conferences and other programs. She works tirelessly to empower Native youth and to educate the public on Native history, culture, the environment and arts. Lorén was the founding director of Nuweetooun School. Through her work, she develops strong partnerships with community organizations to fulfill the educational mission of Tomaquag Museum. To give back to the community she serves on a variety of boards and committees. She resides in Charlestown, with her husband Robin and 3 children, all of whom are traditional artists.