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2008 Excellence in Technology Winners

"Not what they do for themselves,
but how they involve and inspire others."


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINNERS

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Technology Educator of the Year
Nicole Sneddon, 5th Grade Teacher,
Riverside Elementary School, Newport News Public Schools
Melissa Guthrie

The 2008 Elementary Technology Educator of the Year is awarded to Nicole Sneddon, 5th Grade Teacher at Riverside Elementary School, Newport News Public Schools.

Nicole Sneddon teaches reading and writing to her students through non traditional novel studies that link to present-day context. She facilitates progress through student blogs, and bubble-map graphic organizers in Kidspiration. Rough drafts are shown on Smart Boards with student peer review and editing. Students then create videos using their own voices as narration over images selected to educate the public on serious societal issues.

She is described as a teacher “who can extract the best from each student regardless of their perceived ability” and further, she supports, encourages and instructs her colleagues in the use of technology in their classrooms. The bottom line: she gets results. Last year her fifth grade students had the highest achievement level in the division on the state SOL test in reading. 98 of 99 students were proficient, including all sixteen of her special education inclusion students. The judges are hereby proud to add to the accolades of Nicole Sneddon by acknowledging her as the 2008 Elementary Technology Teacher of the Year. Congratulations.

Technology Integrator of the Year
Glenn VanHouten, Gifted Resource Teacher,
Shelton Park Elementary School, Virginia Beach Public Schools
Warren_Zuger

The 2008 Elementary School Technology Integrator of the Year is awarded to Glenn VanHouten, Gifted Resource Teacher, Shelton Park Elementary School, Virginia Beach Public Schools.

 

Glenn VanHouten is described as an outstanding, dedicated, creative, technologically advanced educator.”  He provides a supportive learning environment for Kindergarten through 5th grade.  As a pioneer user of clay animation, he combines his love for history with digital multi-media.  His classroom subjects include student research of Native Americans where students and parents participate to Stock Market activity including investing with hypothetical money in four to six companies.  Mr. VanHouten conducts a summer Enrichment camp for students who love to learn, and students participate for free to learn Movie Maker, Photoshop, and MS Excel spreadsheets in addition to clay animation.  His principal describes Glenn VanHouten as a keeper and advocate of our vision to promote technological excellence and, therefore, the judges consider this outstanding Technology educator to be considered and recognized as the 2008 Technology Integrator of the Year.  Congratulations.

 

Technology Administrator of the Year
Mary Ann Hutchinson, Principal,
McIntosh Elementary School, Newport News Public Schools
Melissa Guthrie

The 2008 Elementary School Technology Administrator of the Year is awarded to Mary Ann Hutchinson, Principal of McIntosh Elementary School, Newport News Public Schools.

Mary Ann Hutchinson has a career of technology related successes and recognition for her exemplary contributions. Her school has been the pilot site for new technologies including distance learning, elementary computer labs, virtual field trips, teleconferencing, interactive whiteboards, and a host of technology related initiatives. She dedicated a teacher in her school specifically for technology integration long before ITRTs would become institutional reality. This past January, under her leadership, a two day 21st century Learning Conference was held for the first time in Newport News Public Schools. Sessions involved speakers via teleconference from United Kingdom, China and Australia. As described by her nominator: “Although she may not have directly installed a piece of hardware or software, her ideas, organizational prowess, and foresight have been instrumental to the availability of technology for NNPS students and staff.” For all she is doing and mindful of all she has done, the judges are proud to recognize Mary Ann Hutchinson as the 2008 Elementary School Technology Administrator of the Year. Congratulations.

 

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS

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Middle School Technology Educator of the Year

Ron Trainum, Health and PE Teacher
Toano Middle School, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
Melissa Guthrie

The 2008 Middle School Technology Educator of the Year is awarded to Ron Trainum, Health and Physical Education Teacher at Toano Middle School in Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools.

Ron Trainum exemplifies creative applications of technology integration in the middle school classroom. He utilized PowerPoint and created a WebQuest application that guides students through the process of designing their own fitness program with an evaluation rubric and approximately 60 hyperlinks in the presentation. Student results were posted electronically and as just one example students researched the benefits of a pedometer, and created promotional products from their research. The judges were most impressed that Ron Trainum shared his work with four additional teachers in his department, and posted his work on the school server, ultimately extending his contributions to 280 8th graders and 280 7th graders. He is described in his letter of recommendation as a “phenomenal teacher” that continually overcomes obstacles and delivers results. The judges are proud to award the 2008 Technology Educator of the Year Award to Ron Trainum.

High School Technology Educator of the Year

Anthony Vladu, World Geography Teacher/Lead Teacher
Heritage High School, Newport News City Public Schools
Warren_Zuger

The 2008 High School Technology Educator of the Year is awarded to Anthony Vladu, World Geography and Lead Teacher, Heritage High School, Newport News Public Schools.

Anthony Vladu is described as outstanding in using technology with hands-on, minds-on learning relevant to the lives of his students. He makes learning fun by using podcasts, wikis, and blogs to increase student participation with greater attention to writing skills. He uses TeenBiz to improve reading skills, and a web site to inform students and parents, to deliver quizzes, and PowerPoint reviews. He incorporates the Classroom Response System for immediate student feedback, and SmartBoards for creating maps and interactive lesson plans. The judges were especially impressed by the amount of workshops and shared resources he generously provides to fellow teachers at Heritage High. He has also demonstrated an average increase of 2 grade levels in reading skills and with his most recent unit, his students scored 10% higher on the division wide test. The judges are proud to award the 2008 High School Technology Educator of the Year Award to Anthony Vladu.

Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year
Connie Pritchard, Computer Resource Specialist
Independence Middle School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Brenda Alluisi

The 2008 Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year is awarded to Connie Pritchard, Computer Resource Specialist at Independence Middle School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Connie Pritchard oversees and tracks the well being of 350 laptops and 600 PCs in her school as well as provides oversight on the school operating system for data collection. She assists with school wide training in a broad variety of software applications. She is described as proactive in her approach, unreservedly in her attention to assist, and consistently going the extra mile for others. As one example of technology integration, she worked with the 7th grade science team where students made a storyboard, created 3-5 minute movies, added text, titles, and credits, recorded narration and added background music. They used the movies in the presentation process to teach one another about biomes. Connie created an online rubric with directions for the teachers in that project among assisting with other creative elements. She is described as a selfless, caring, and supportive, role model that inspires both staff and students in the use of technology. The judges are proud to award the 2008 Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Connie Pritchard.

High School Technology Integrator of the Year

Janet Kreider, Business Instructor and Department Chair
First Colonial High School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Warren_Zuger

The 2008 High School Technology Integrator of the Year is awarded to Janet Kreider, Business Instructor and Department Chair, First Colonial High School, Virginia Beach Public Schools.

Janet Kreider is described as “embracing the changes that are inherent in the field of Business and Information technology.” She supports her school’s needs for various advanced projects, such as the graduation program and is a recognized innovator. She worked collaboratively with the Computer Information Systems and English 11 classes to create a unique connection of poetry that linked to designing a section of a quilt, initially electronically involving scanned images, digital photography, video images, streaming and downloadable images from the internet. Once converted to the final actual quilt, it will be donated to the St. Jude’s Research hospital. Increases in test scores for End of Course English reading SOLs were included in the application. In addition it was noted that Janet Kreider went through the certification process with Microsoft Office as well as other certifications that helps her to assist others preparing for certification. The judges are proud to award the 2008 Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Janet Kreider.

Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year
Stephanie Bourgeois, Principal
Crittenden Middle School, Newport News City Public Schools
Brenda Alluisi

The 2008 Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year is awarded to Stephanie Bourgeois, Principal at Crittenden Middle School in Newport News Public Schools.

Stephanie Bourgeois is described as an instructional leader at the forefront of taking new and existing technologies and making them a regular part of the school environment. Numerous integration examples are cited that include math use of TI-Navigators, Movie Maker in Science and Social Studies, Band compositions in Finale Notepad, wiki and blog applications, magnet photography, multimedia product generation and establishment of a gaming club and curriculum. Students from Crittenden won 3rd place in the Lego NxT Robot competition, and a greater than 50% increase in computer use is cited from last year alone. She is described as a longtime advocate and leader of technology not just for her school, but for the entire Newport News school division. The judges are proud to recognize Stephanie Bourgeois and simultaneously acknowledging her outstanding staff whom she inspires. Stephanie Bourgeois: 2008 Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year Award.

High School Technology Administrator of the Year
Terry Lyle, Principal
SECEP REACH Program
Warren_Zuger

The 2008 High School Technology Administrator of the Year is awarded to Terry Lyle, Principal, SECEP-REACH Program.

It should be noted that the SECEP-REACH program had a number of outstanding entries in various judging categories. It is the judge’s decision that Terry Lyle, Principal of SECEP-REACH Program be recognized for her noteworthy contributions while reflecting proudly on her outstanding support staff and educators. SECEP-REACH works with hospital bound children with serious health issues and disabilities and since her arrival as Principal, Terry Lyle has been a tireless advocate for improving the use of technology in the education and lives of children who face many challenges. Initiatives during her tenure include acquiring touch screen monitors, special switches and other AT hardware and software, use of data projectors and unitedstreaming™ content, use of video conferencing, bedside computers, and using the internet for residents to reach parents outside of the area. The judges are proud to award the 2008 High School Technology Administrator Award to Terry Lyle.