WHRO and the C.I.I. award outstanding educators, integrators, and administrators who are leading the way to integrating technology in the classroom.
The 2011 awards will be given out at the Great Computer Challenges on March 5, 2011 (Middle/High) and May 14, 2011 (Elementary) at ODU's Webb Center.
Who can be nominated?
ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, HIGH
Building level or central level Administrators who effectively increased the use of technology within their school
Teachers who effectively use technology with their students
ITRTs, CRSs, CRTs, Media Specialists, etc. who effectively increased the use of technology within their school
2010 Excellence in Technology Winners
"Not what they do for themselves, but how they involve and inspire others."
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINNERS
Download Elementary School Winners list here.
Technology Educator of the Year
|Kelly Messina, Teacher, |
St. Mary’s School for Disabled Children, SECEP
The 2010 Elementary Technology Educator of the Year is awarded to Kelly Messina, Teacher,
St. Mary’s School for Disabled Children, SECEP.
Ms. Kelly Messina is a creative, patient, and exceptional teacher who uses technology and a variety of teaching strategies to help severe and profoundly disabled children at St. Mary's School for Disabled Children succeed. Ms. Messina has to develop teaching activities that address students with hearing impairments, visual impairments, physical impairments, and cognitive limitations. PowerPoint and BoardMaker Plus are two powerful tools to help her in this endeavor. Using videotaping to help her recognize responses from her students, she has seen a 25% improvement in appropriate responses. It is Ms. Messina's use of creativity paired with good solid teaching that provides her students with learning activities that engage even the youngest minds in our program. She is a model teacher who uses technology daily to help her students succeed.
The judges are proud to award the 2010 Elementary School Technology Educator of the Year Award to Kelly Messina. Congratulations.
Technology Integrator of the Year
|Leon Edwards, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, |
Willard Model E.S., Norfolk
The 2010 Elementary School Technology Integrator of the Year is awarded to Leon Edwards, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Willard Model E.S., Norfolk.
As the Instructional Technology Resource Teacher at Willard Model Elementary School in Norfolk, Leon Edwards faces many challenges. When scores on the MATH 5.5a objective showed only 25% passing, he developed Smartboard and TurningPoint activities to help raise those scores to 89% passing. He trains teachers how to use various technologies, and he works with the students themselves. In addition, Leon has worked with the Parent Liaison to create interactive and engaging technology workshops for parents and with the media specialist to earn a grant for 3 Smartboards. He uses technology to reach all the audiences within and outside of his school.
The judges are proud to award the 2010 Elementary School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Leon Edwards. Congratulations.
Technology Administrator of the Year
Deb Mansfield, Principal,
Bay View E.S., Norfolk
The 2010 Elementary School Technology Administrator of the Year is awarded to Deb Mansfield, Principal, Bay View E.S., Norfolk.
As principal of Bay View Elementary in Norfolk, Dr. Deb Mansfield has worked cooperatively with vendors, central office, parents, teachers, and her technology integrator to outfit her school with the best in 21st century learning tools. She has spent countless hours fundraising, applying for grants, and using her school's budget to create the funding necessary to provide for her teachers' and students' classrooms. Her efforts have gathered 25 SMART boards, several document cameras, new grade level laser printers, and a 24 wireless laptop computer lab. For working to make technology the center of her school, Dr. Mansfield is this year's Elementary School Technology Administrator of the Year. Congratulations.
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS
Download Middle/High School Winners list here.
Middle School Technology Educator of the Year
|Rusty West, Pre-Engineering Teacher, |
Page Middle School, Gloucester
The 2010 Middle School Technology Educator of the Year is awarded to Rusty West Pre-Engineering Teacher, at Page Middle School in Gloucester.
Rusty West Pre-Engineering teacher at Page Middle School in Gloucester, qualifies for the Technology Educator of the Year Award for many reasons. In addition to using STEM methodology in the classroom, he is the First Lego League coach for the boys’ Robotics team and mentor for the girls’ team. He’s the Technology Student Association sponsor and the FTC High School Robotics Team Coach. During the summer, he is the Coach of the Summer Robotics Camp, and he trains colleagues for Project Lead The Way.
The judges are proud to award the 2010 Technology Educator of the Year Award to Rusty West. Congratulations.
High School Technology Educator of the Year
|Kim Bates, Technology Education Teacher, |
Heritage High School, Newport News
The 2010 High School Technology Educator of the Year is awarded to Kim Bates, Technology Education Teacher at Heritage High School in Newport News.
Kim Bates exemplifies extraordinary leadership as she works on adding Digital Visualization, Gaming, and Modeling and Simulation to the Engineering and Technology Magnet Program at Heritage HS in Newport News. She works with the TSA Club, offers internships to her students, and has just started a collaborative project with Newport News Waterworks, the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, and SEVA PORT.
The judges are proud to award the 2010 High School Technology Educator of the Year Award to Kim Bates.
Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year
June Jones, Educational Technology Facilitator,
Yorktown Middle School, York
The 2010 Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year is awarded to June Jones, Educational Technology Facilitator at Yorktown Middle School in York.
This year’s Technology Integrator of the Year for Middle School describes her role as one who “empowers the students and the classroom teacher to integrate technology tools into what they are doing so they can produce their vision.” June Jones does this with creativity and enthusiasm at Yorktown Middle School and Dare Elementary School in York County. “It’s not just about the computers and software...It’s about using practical knowledge and available equipment and resources to create something wonderful.”
The judges are proud to award the 2010 Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to June Jones.
High School Technology Integrator of the Year
|Roberta Rakestraw, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, |
Norfolk Technical Vocational Center, Norfolk
In her role as ITRT for Norfolk, Roberta Rakestraw is the “go-to person” at Norfolk Technical Center, Berkeley-Campostella Early Childhood Center, Norfolk Detention Center, and Easton Pre-School. She received her ISTE Certification by going through the rigorous Capstone Program. She prepares students for the FBLA competitive events, serves as an advisor to the Norfolk Technical Center Great Computer Challenge team members, and is a mentor for the FIRST Robotics Team. She is also a workshop presenter for teachers and parents, both locally and state-wide.
The judges are proud to award the 2010 High School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Roberta Rakestraw.
Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year
|David Leech, Principal, |
Davis Middle School, Hampton
The 2010 Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year is awarded to David Leech, Principal at Davis Middle School in Hampton.
David Leech has taken Davis Middle School into the 21st Century with technology as he leads multiple pilot projects. Two social studies teachers are experimenting with paperless classrooms; VR Library affords teachers and students the ability to create educational videos and upload them to the HCS YouTube; all teachers have iPod Nanos to use in the classroom; GaggleNet provides all students with email and project space; and Safari Montage is a digital media management and distribution system. These pilots are all helping teachers provide skills for their students.
The judges are proud to award the 2010 Middle School Technology Administrator Award to David Leech.
High School Technology Administrator of the Year
|Lee Welch, Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Media Services, |
Central Office, Williamsburg
The 2010 High School Technology Administrator of the Year is awarded to Lee Welch, Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Media Services at Central Office in Williamsburg.
As the Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Media Services, Lee Welch has led WJCC Public Schools to be awarded the 2008 Governor’s Award for Innovative Use of Tech in K-12 Ed. He is well known for the Instructional Technology Standard, which includes instructional hardware and software in all grades 3-12. Recognizing that the greatest impact on the use of instructional tools comes from putting the tools in the hands of the students, the wireless keyboard, Interwrite, and document camera are presented to the teachers as student tools. Additionally, Lee now is initiating several more projects that include handhelds for students and a server that allows teachers to easily create their own wikis, blogs and podcasts all within the safety of the school Intranet.
The judges are proud to award the 2010 High School Technology Administrator Award to Lee Welch.