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2011 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
Rachel Heil, Teacher,
Victory E.S., Portsmouth.

The 2011 Elementary Technology Educator of the Year is awarded to Rachel Heil, Teacher, Rachel Heil
Victory E.S., Portsmouth.

As a second year teacher at Victory Elementary, Rachel Heil has already demonstrated excellent use of technology and has already begun impacting the other teachers at her school. After winning a division grant, she created student workstations which include an interactive whiteboard, computers, MP3 players, Flip video cameras, and digital voice recorders. She models best practices in her own classroom and has her students teaching other students and teachers how to use the technology. She co-teaches with other teachers and encourages them to attend Tech Tuesday classes after school, even going so far as to organize car pools to help them. She is a member of the school division's professional learning community and contributes to several groups. She is also a Discovery Education Network (DEN) Star, allowing her to network locally, regionally, and nationally. She is a model for other teachers to follow.

The judges are proud to award the 2011 Elementary School Technology Educator of the Year Award to Rachel Heil. Congratulations.

 

 

Technology Integrator of the Year
Lisa Baun, Technology Resource Teacher,
Instructional Resource Center, Portsmouth.

Lisa Baun


The 2011 Elementary School Technology Integrator of the Year is awarded to Lisa Baun, Technology Resource Teacher, Instructional Resource Center, Portsmouth.

As one of the Instructional Technology Resource Teachers in Portsmouth, Lisa Baun services 3 elementary schools. She effortlessly works with high level integrators in her blogger groups and Promethean User groups as well as technophobes with one-on-one training. She co-teaches in all grade levels and across all subject areas as needed. She is truly a life-long learner and encourages her teachers to be as well whether it's improving her robotics/programming skills at Carnegie-Melon, joining the Office of Science as the tech arm of a Problem-Based Learning course, or tutoring most of her cohort through the newly revised NETS-T Capstone Certification courses. Lisa's approach to technology coaching is a model that is honored as this year's Elementary Technology Integrator of the Year.

The judges are proud to award the 2011 Elementary School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Lisa Baun. Congratulations.

 

Technology Administrator of the Year

Grace Hopkins, Principal,
Butts Road Intermediate School, Chesapeake

The 2011 Elementary School Technology Administrator of the Year is awarded to Grace Hopkins, Principal, Butts Road Intermediate School, Grace HopkinsChesapeake.

As principal of Butts Road Intermediate School, Ms. Hopkins has put technology at the center of a five -year staff development program. Her belief is that educators must recognize the students’ need for instruction beyond the chalkboard. With the support of the PTA and other funding sources, all classrooms have SMART Boards and SMART Document Cameras that are used by teachers to provide engaging, interactive lessons for their students. Her belief that technology directly impacts student achievement is shown because the test scores in every area of the curriculum are the highest in the division. She has challenged the teachers at BRI to become SMART Exemplary Educators and to share their lessons with other teachers. She emphasizes to the staff and parents that "to properly prepare our children, we must seek to not only engage them through technology, but to help them learn beyond their school experiences."

The judges are proud to award the 2011 Elementary School Technology Administrator of the Year Award to Grace Hopkins. Congratulations.

 



MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS

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Middle School Technology Educator of the Year

Melissa Chai , Eighth Grade English Teacher,
Toano Middle School, Williamsburg

Melisa Chai

The 2011 Middle School Technology Educator of the Year is awarded to Melissa Chai Eighth Grade English Teacher, at Toano Middle School in Williamsburg.

Ms. Melissa Chai works hard at improving all students’ achievement through the use of technology. She took the sole initiative to create the Stonehouse Elementary Computer Club in 2006 and the Toano Middle School Computer Club in 2008 and now serves as the coach and sponsor of four teams that participated in the 2011 Great Computer Challenge. As an English teacher, she works collaboratively with colleagues on the development and sharing of lesson plans that provide students with a first-hand approach to technology, leading to a rise in the 8th grade reading pass rate from 84% to 97%. Her positive attitude, exceptional leadership, dedication to her students and fellow colleagues, along with her initiative to bring innovative technology into the school make her the Middle School Technology Educator of the Year.

The judges are proud to award the 2011 Technology Educator of the Year Award to Melissa Chai. Congratulations.


Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year

Alveria Coles , Information Technology Specialist,
Greenbrier Middle School, Chesapeake

Alveria ColesThe 2011 Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year is awarded to Alveria Coles, Information Technology Specialist at Greenbrier Middle School in Chesapeake.

As the IT Specialist at Greenbrier Middle School, Alveria Coles is focused on transforming the education of all students through the use of technology. She has not only increased access to classroom software, but she also championed a community-based effort to procure classroom hardware and software support for every teacher. Her efforts to help math teachers design computer-based lessons lead to an increase of 50.9% on the Math 7 SOL Test. Known as the Technology 911 person, Alveria is the go-to person for technology questions and training, and, as such, is this year’s choice for Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year.

The judges are proud to award the 2011 Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Alveria Coles.



High School Technology Integrator of the Year
Melia Hellmann , Technology Curriculum Integration Specialist,
Heritage High School, Newport News

Melia

The 2011 High School Technology Integrator of the Year is awarded to Melia Hellmann, Technology Curriculum Integration Specialist at Heritage High School in Newport News.

Mrs. Melia Hellmann, a Technology Curriculum Integration Specialist (TCIS) at Heritage High School, is an outstanding example of the combination of effective teaching pedagogy, innovative instructional technology integration, and collaborative and collegial spirit that enriches the lives of the teachers around her every single day. As a member of the administrative team, she has helped to develop an exceptional technology integration plan. She has designed and delivered nearly all of the technology staff development to include training on the classroom implementation of SMART boards, wikis, blogs, cell phones, classroom performance system units (CPS), Senteos and Airliners. When she is not training the staff collectively, she is in individual classrooms assisting teachers in implementing the technology on which they have been trained. For the past two years, she has been the major force behind developing Newport News Public Schools’ “Second Life” virtual island. Because she believes that all students can and will learn at the highest levels when they are interested, and she works with technology to help them, Melia is this year’s High School Technology Integrator of the Year.

The judges are proud to award the 2011 High School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Melia Hellmann.


High School Technology Administrator of the Year
James Maxlow , Lead Technology Curriculum Integration Specialist,
Newport News Public Schools
James

The 2011 High School Technology Administrator of the Year is awarded to James Maxlow, Lead Technology Curriculum Integration Specialist for Newport News Public Schools.

James Maxlow is an educator who consistently demonstrates leadership, vision and creativity in using technology as a tool to advance teaching, learning and management in Newport News Public Schools. In his current role as the Lead Technology Curriculum Integration Specialist, James is responsible for coordinating the instructional technology program, supervising 32 TCIS and developing the relationships necessary to achieve the division’s benchmarks. As an instructional leader, James focuses on strengthening teaching and learning, professional development, data-driven decision making and accountability. The three summer institutes he initiated, designed, and implemented have served over 700 voluntary participants. Through the compilation of curricula, trainings, and PTA meetings, he has provided a comprehensive PreK-12 framework for Internet safety education efforts in the district. He has written about the power of blogging and Internet access as a right for I.S.T.E.’s Learning and Leading with Technology magazine. He has presented sessions on technology integration at national conferences such as A.S.C.D., the N.S.B.A.’s Technology+Learning conferences, and FETC. And he’s a member of the board of directors of V.S.T.E. His work in all of these areas has had a significant and positive impact on technology use in education – locally, regionally, and nationally. For these many reasons, he is this year’s High School Technology Administrator of the Year.

The judges are proud to award the 2011 High School Technology Administrator Award to James Maxlow.