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Excellence In Technology Winners 2004

Awarded during the Great Computer Challenge
Old Dominion University
March 13, 2004

Technology Classroom Educator of the Year

Elementary School

Carl Peake, Computer Resource Specialist, Ocean Lakes E.S., Virginia Beach
Mitzi Fehl, Technology Integration Specialist, Poquoson Primary, Poquoson

The Elementary Technology Educator of the Year Award is presented to the outstanding Educator who primarily works in technology, whether as a classroom educator or a technology specialist.

This year for compelling reasons, the judges have identified two individuals to share the Technology Educator of the Year Award:
Mitzi Fehl, Technology Integration Specialist, Poquoson Primary School and Carl Peake, Computer Resource Specialist at Ocean Lakes Elementary in Virginia Beach.

Mitzi Fehl is recognized for her outstanding achievements in working with Poquoson Elementary teachers from the myriad of workshops she conducts and the impact on student results. But she goes far beyond with innovations such as organizing "Technology Night" for parents to see what student's are doing with technology in their classes; she has developed integrated classroom materials for "Math Keys" an innovative math application; she serves as school webmaster, and she has co-authored a book "Fun to Sing Math Learning Songs and Activities". She is described as "tireless in her promotion of instructional technology…she devotes all of her time, talent and energy into supporting, encouraging, and instructing teachers in the effective use of computers for instruction. " For these accomplishments the judges are proud to award Mitzi Fehl, Technology Integration Specialist at Poquoson Elementary School, the Technology Educator of the Year Award.

Sharing honors as Technology Educator of the Year is Carl Peake, Computer Resource Teacher at Ocean Lakes Elementary School in Virginia Beach. Carl is also outstanding in providing teacher workshops, but he too also goes far beyond, including the creation of an Intranet for Ocean Lakes Elementary. He has developed activities across disciplines, including 27 activities in social studies as well as quizzes… and teacher practice materials for the Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel. He has helped develop website standards for the Virginia Beach school system and prepared a basic template, files, and tutorials for complying with division Web standards. As of last month 58 other Virginia Beach schools are using his work. For his exemplary contributions within Virginia Beach, the judges are pleased to award Technology Educator of the Year Award to Carl Peake, Computer Resource Teacher, Ocean Lakes Elementary.

Middle School

Dawn Elaine Garvey, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Corporate Landing Middle School, Virginia Beach

Dawn Elaine Garvey, The Middle School Technology Classroom Educator of the Year, does far more than integrate technology in her classroom. She generously trains fellow teachers during staff development sessions and contributes her expertise to numerous committees. She is recognized as a leader and innovator. She has creatively turned her summer tours to national historical sites, into digital images posted on their website for classroom use. She has received three grants in the past two years, one of which placed quizzes and tests on-line where students could log-in to take the test if they were not in school. Dawn is described as an inspiration to at-risk students and to her admiring peers. For innovation, excellence, and generosity of contributions it is the judge’s pleasure to award the Middle School Technology Classroom Educator of the Year Award to Dawn Elaine Garvey, 6th grade social studies teacher at Corporate Landing Middle School in Virginia Beach.
 

Technology Educator of the Year

Elementary School

Carolyn Castano, 5th Grade Teacher, Newtown Road E.S., Virginia Beach

The Elementary Technology Classroom Educator of the Year award is presented to the regional classroom teacher who significantly integrates technology into the curriculum. This year the award goes to Carolyn Castano, 5th grade teacher at Newtown Road Elementary School in Virginia Beach.

Carolyn is a pioneer user of the interactive white board, implementing a number of innovative technology applications and learning strategies within her class. As one example, using Alpha Smarts, students go before the class to list ideas on the white board where they take turns proofreading them, use the electronic pen to find and correct mistakes, and all of this is connected to the laptop. She deals with living systems by dragging animals and plants into appropriate boxes on the white board, she uses pictures of people and places that students bring in to teach social studies and uses the technology to create bookmarks for important Virginians during the Revolutionary War. The black graph board is used to make math exciting. She integrates videostreaming into her powerpoint presentations. And finally, she takes advantage of the technology for whole class review of quizzes. For her innovation and integration of technology in the classroom, the judges are proud to present the Elementary Technology Classroom Educator of the Year Award to Carolyn Castano from Newtown Road Elementary School in Virginia Beach.
 

Middle School

Mary Morgan, Middle School Technology Teacher, Chesapeake Bay Academy, Independent

Mary Morgan’s focus is on using technology to enhance student skills and achievement. She has personally developed technology curriculum for integrated projects, taking students from Microsoft Word, to an extensive array of technology and software where students ultimately develop a short video presentation. Through the use of her technology curriculum and her coaching of the school Lego Club, their school successfully entered their first Robotics Challenge Regional Tournament where they advanced to the State competition. As Great Computer Challenge team coach, she is described as knowing how to get the best out of students regardless of learning ability. For her contributions to technology advancement at Chesapeake Bay Academy, and for the impact on student learning and achievement, the judges are pleased to award the Middle School Technology Educator of the Year Award to Mary Morgan, Middle School Technology Teacher, Chesapeake Bay Academy.


High School

Charles Monroe, AP Computer Science Teacher, Heritage High School, Newport News

The Technology Teacher of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of Charles Monroe, AP Computer Science Teacher at Heritage High School in Newport News Public Schools. Charles Monroe is an outstanding veteran mathematics teacher who literally integrated his teaching career with computing. He currently teaches advanced courses in computing as well has a rich history of developing curriculum for courses that include Visual Basic, Pascal, and C++ programming languages. He considers his Cool Math application among his greatest contribution, writing the software for a mastery based mathematics program that helps students understand general math and basic algebra concepts. He brings amazing talent to his classes as well as assisting other teachers to advance their skills through his workshops. He has written programs that can instantly grade tests, print worksheets with answer keys, maintain a database of school band uniforms, and a voting system for student elections, among a long list of creations. A consistent sponsor for Great Computer Challenge teams, and one of the originators of the Newport News Computer Challenge. Charles Monroe is described as “generously helping both students and adults when needed. Technology is not only is career, but is a hobby – his whole life”.

It is therefore with great pleasure the judges recognize Charles Monroe, AP Computer Science Teacher at Heritage High School in Newport News Public Schools, as High School Technology Teacher of the Year.
 

Technology Administrator of the Year

Elementary School

John Caggiano, Principal, Asbury E.S., Hampton

The Elementary Technology Administrator of the Year Award is presented this year to John Caggiano, Principal of Asbury Elementary School in the Hampton Public School Division. John impressed the judges with a systematic analysis of his existing school environment, a thorough diagnosis of what was needed to effectively integrate technology within the school, and his day to day accomplishments that effectively changed his school environment. As just one example while half of the teachers were proficient in technology standards when John arrived as Principal two years ago, today the entire staff has achieved the technology standards. John is described as a hands-on leader, working with each grade level individually, introducing teachers to a wide variety of applications. He leads by example in his own daily use of technology; further, he designed a database for his staff to access critical information, developed a pioneer spreadsheet in Excel for schools to disaggregate data; designed the school website, and a template for an electronic report card. For his vision and his action to transform a school learning environment we are proud to present the Elementary Technology Administrator of the Year Award to John Caggiano, Principal of Asbury Elementary School in the Hampton.

Middle School

Janice Richison, Assistant Principal, Lindsay M.S., Hampton

Janice Richison exemplifies the characteristics of an award worthy technology administrator. She serves first and foremost as a role model demonstrating the use of technology in her daily routine. She is described as always seen carrying a digital camera around her neck and rarely seen without her I-book in her hands and in use. She is the Disagregator Training Instructor for her school. She actively supported their I-book pilot program for on-line textbook use by students. Her contributions extend from spreadsheets on SOL Assessment data to digitized photographic student assault folders, brochures for Guidance, a technology manual for laptops, computerized bus maps, computerized locker lists, and inventory spreadsheets to monitor 6th, 7th, and 8th grade laptop teams. It is with great pleasure that the judges award the Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year Award to Janice Richison, Assistant Principal, Lindsay Middle School, Hampton Public Schools.


High School

Tim Krier, Principal, York River Academy, York

The Principal sets the tone for technology integration within a school, and Tim Krier, Principal of York River academy, demonstrates just how important the role of the Principal can be when influencing and contributing to technology integration. Tim has many of the characteristics that one would expect of an exceptional leader: infectious enthusiasm, stamina, persistence, a deep concern for student learning, an intense desire to create a suitable learning environment, and constantly striving to make the most of the resources his school receives. But Tim goes further: he created from ground up, a charter school for 9th and 10th graders, establishing IT career focused curriculums and compelling instructional technology. He launched an extensive school handheld computer initiative, and published a web-based newspaper to build community rapport and partnerships. His school sends home progress reports via e-handbooks. His teachers manage their own digital portfolios. Almost half of his students have a 1:1 student to computer ratio. Tim is described as a special administrator, and as testimony, his accomplishments can be seen in the integration of technology by teachers and students of York River Academy.

Therefore, it is with great pleasure the judges award the High School Technology Administrator of the Year Award to Tim Krier, Principal, York River Academy, York County Public Schools.
 

Technology Supervisor of the Year

Mark Burnet, Technology Supervisor for Middlesex County, Middlesex High School, Middlesex

Mark Burnet demonstrates that no matter how limited a rural school division may be in size or resources, a creative, talented, and dedicated professional can make a significant difference in the availability and use of technology. Mark is described as a visionary and master planner in helping to establish the best environment possible for SOL achievement. He installed a fully functional LAN for Middlesex County Public Schools and replaced all computers for the school division that enjoys an amazing 2:1 student to computer ratio at the high school level, and 2.5:1 ratio at the Elementary level. He provided each teacher with a laptop for school and home use. Further he obtained grants to support significant teacher training on computers and helped create large scale partnerships to leverage benefits for his rural school division. Mark goes beyond the extra mile to enable others to succeed.

It is with great pleasure that the judges award the School Division Technology Supervisor of the Year Award to Mark Burnett, Technology Supervisor, Middlesex Count Public Schools.


Gail Henrich, Coordinator of the Visually Impaired Assistive Technology Outreach Program, Virginia School for the Deaf & Blind & MD, Independent

Gail Henrick demonstrates the ability of one person to magnify impact of technology to a grand scale: locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally. Gail is a teacher and Coordinator for Visually Impaired Assistive Technology Outreach at the Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind, and Mentally Disabled. Gail provides resources and information to teachers across the region, while operating an assistive technology lending library specific to blindness. She partnered with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium to provide two significant professional development programs to raise educator awareness of cutting edge assistive technologies to enhance teaching and learning experiences in space and earth sciences for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually handicapped. She coalesced exemplary partnerships to help create a statewide conference focusing on assistive technologies in Space Science. She further influenced NASA Langley to add descriptive video to their educational programs, impacting special needs students across the nation. Described as a powerful advocate for assistive technology, Gail generously helps others within and beyond her home school, while at the same time, serving as a classroom teacher.

It is therefore the pleasure of the judges to award the High School Regional Technology Educator of the Year award to Gail Henrick, Coordinator for Visually Impaired Assistive Technology Outreach, at the Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind, and Mentally Disabled.