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2012 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
Ashley Theriault, 4th Grade Teacher,
Hilton Elementary School, Newport News

Ashley Theriault

The 2012 Elementary Technology Educator of the Year is awarded to Ashley Theriault, 4th Grade Teacher, Hilton Elementary School, Newport News.

Ashley Theriault's enthusiasm for technology and innate desire to be on the cutting edge compels her to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology and to share her expertise with teachers and students. Her fourth grade team was one of only two across the division to be chosen as a pilot team for a 1:1 tablet computing initiative. She collaborates closely with teachers on her 4th grade team to transform instruction into a digital interactive 21st century learning experience for students using iPads, Glogster, podcasting, blogging, and digital e-portfolios. Videos of her technology-rich performance assessments in action have been used during division presentations at gatherings such as ASCD’s annual conference. While it is true that Mrs. Theriault’s students regularly ace their annual science SOL test – 97% of her students have achieved proficiency and 38% have achieved at the advanced level, more importantly, students exit her class ready for the next grade with an armful of self-directed learning strategies that leverage technology in ways that make their fifth grade teachers smile with delight.

The judges are proud to award the 2012 Elementary School Technology Educator of the Year Award to Ashley Theriault. Congratulations.

 


 

 

Technology Integrator of the Year
Eric Postman, Education Technology Facilitator,
Waller Mill Elementary Fine Arts Magnet, York
Eric Postman


The 2012 Elementary School Technology Integrator of the Year is awarded to Eric Postman, Education Technology Facilitator, Waller Mill Elementary Fine Arts Magnet, York.

Mr. Postman believes that technology is more than using the newest tool or gadget, but a means for students to have greater access to information. He works closely with teachers to find the best tool for their needs, including Skype, Pixie, Movie Maker, and Quizdom. He applies for grants to support these projects, including the current grant for "What's the Scoop on Poop and Worms." He presented his EPets project at a national conference led by Alan November. This fall he worked with a 3rd grade teacher to develop an e-Toys Project to teach the principles of economics. Students used Skype to advertise their toys and they used Zefty, an online banking tool, to manage their money. All money they earned with the Project was donated to a CHKD thrift store. He reaches students with his content knowledge, pedagogical awareness, sense of humor, and adoration for the children. When he walks into the room, the children are instantly energized and ready to learn. For these reasons, Eric Postman is this year's Technology Integrator of the Year.

The judges are proud to award the 2012 Elementary School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Eric Postman. Congratulations.

Technology Administrator of the Year

Dr. Stenette Byrd, III, Principal,
Windsor E.S., Isle of Wight

Grace Dr. Stenette Byrd, III
The 2012 Elementary School Technology Administrator of the Year is awarded to Dr. Stenette Byrd, III, Principal, Windsor E.S., Isle of Wight.

Although Dr. Stenette Byrd has only been principal of Windsor Elementary School for only two years, he has already influenced the use of technology by issuing a challenge to his teachers and staff. Not only has this challenge increased the use of equipment, but teachers and parents are observing technology lessons throughout the building on a regular basis. When Dr. Byrd implemented a Title 1 after-school tutoring program to use technology in all remediation lessons, students requested to be a part of the program. His "Wacky Wednesday" after school technology enrichment program is also popular. His "Hornet email" program, along with the school website and the school Facebook page, keep parents aware of what's going on in school. For his positive energy and the way he models effective uses of technology, Dr. Stenette Byrd is this year's Technology Administrator of the Year.

The judges are proud to award the 2012 Elementary School Technology Administrator of the Year Award to Dr. Stenette Byrd, III. Congratulations.


 



MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS

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Middle School Technology Educator of the Year

Heather V. Ulsh, Math Teacher,
Tabb Middle School, York

Heather Ulsh

Heather Ulsh has learned how to take advantage of the "latest and greatest" tools to keep her math students engaged. Using GPS systems, she created a scavenger hunt on the football field to help students review for the SOL test. Students used Animoto, Glogster, MovieMaker, Toondoo, Blogs and wikispaces to learn the essential vocabulary of math. And, if students are always on Facebook, why not take advantage of that as well. Ms. Ulsh created two facebook groups to help students better understand algebra and Geometry. These have also been shared with the other math teachers in the school. For her creative and fun uses of technology to increase interest and knowledge in math, Heather Ulsh is this year's Middle School Technology Educator of the Year.

The judges are proud to award the 2012 Middle School Technology Educator of the Year Award to Heather Ulsh. Congratulations.


Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year

Joanne Selig, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher,
Star of the Sea School, Independent

Joanne Selig

As an ISTE NETS*T certified Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Joanne Selig designs and facilitates one-on-one and faculty technology training, writes an online technology integration flyer, maintains a professional blog, helps faculty develop technology integrated lessons, and sponsors two after school technology clubs. She encourages teachers to design instruction recognizing the importance of learning "with" technology as a tool to foster creativity and innovation while engaging students with multiple intelligences. To help her peers facilitate technology integration and knowledge construction, Joanne has created project-based websites and organized resources on a school resource wiki, an online bookmark inventory, and a technology resource folder on the faculty network drive. Joanne’s relaxed instruction style encourages both students and faculty to confidently experiment with and implement new digital tool use. Mrs. Selig is the heart and soul of the technology department at Star of the Sea School leading her colleagues to continually reach beyond their comfort level. As such, she has helped the school to achieve a reputation for advancing in technology, no small feat for a small school with limited resources!

The judges are proud to award the 2012 Middle School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Joanne Selig.


Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year
Laura Abel, Principal,
Grafton Middle School, York
Laura

As principal of Grafton Middle School, Mrs. Abel has effectively increased and directed change in the use of technology in the school. Recognizing the importance of communication, she regularly involves parents in discussions about technology. She instituted the "Bring your Technology to School" program which encourages students to bring their own technology into the classroom., Of the 58% of the students participating, 96% are regularly using iPads, iPods, Smartphones, laptops, notepads, and eReaders to encourage higher level thinking. She provides teachers with professional development to help them "think outside the box" and take risks. She even invites Channel 13 into the school to showcase their use of technology. This being her second year at Grafton has not stopped Mrs. Abel from being a positive influence and the Technology Administrator of the Year.

The judges are proud to award the 2012 Middle School Technology Administrator Award to Laura Abel.


High School Technology Integrator of the Year
Christopher Chappell, Teacher,
Menchville High School, Newport News

Christopher

Mr. Christopher Chappell, a social studies teacher at Menchville High School, was recently selected to pilot the VDOE’s Beyond Textbooks initiative. This initiative brought together educators, technologists, app designers, and textbook companies to produce and implement electronic learning resources for mobile devices. Mr. Chappell’s role was to integrate social studies apps into his World History and World Geography classes to determine the effect such integration would have on his students’ learning. Leveraging his passion for technology integration, he began the project by collaborating with his media specialists, his ITRT, and another high school teacher in the division. In the project, each student was assigned a mobile device for the duration of the school year, challenging them to become researchers, inquirers, and producers of content. 95% of his A.P. students earned “qualified” or above scores, and 50% earned “well-qualified” or above. In both Geography and World History, all students reached proficiency on the end of course SOL tests, and a quarter or more passed at the advanced level. Ultimately, Mr. Chappell was selected for the pilot project not merely because he has a passion for technology integration, but because he is an outstanding teacher who has innovative ideas for teaching and learning. He challenges and empowers his students. He individualizes their learning to meet specific needs. He serves as a model teacher for his peers. In fact, not only did he assist the VDOE in exploring new technology integration tactics, he has also presented on mobile learning to his peers at a VSTE learning event and at the National Council for the Social Studies national conference.

The judges are proud to award the 2012 High School Technology Educator of the Year Award to Christopher Chappell. Congratulations.


High School Technology Integrator of the Year
Ynez Peterson, Assistive Technology Specialist,
SECEP Reach Program, Norfolk
Ynez

In the 7 years, Ms. Peterson has been the AT Specialist at SECEP, she has developed and implemented an array of assistive technology devices in each classroom to help teachers enhance the communication skills of the 83 students who have severe emotional and physical disabilities. The results of her efforts can be shown by a young man who was admitted in 2008 at the age of 15. At that time, he could not talk or communicate in any way. Working with a team of specialists, Ms. Peterson introduced ECHO, a communication system utilizing buttons on a computer. This year, for the first time, the young man was able to tell his mother he loved her. In the Assistive Technology Club, Ms. Peterson created, students created books on tarheelreader.org, which have been read in over 7 countries, including India and Germany. As an ISTE NETS*T certified educator, Ms. Peterson has presented locally and nationally on using technology to not only engage students but to enhance the quality of their lives, proving that she is a true integrator.

The judges are proud to award the 2012 High School Technology Integrator of the Year Award to Ynez Peterson.