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Excellence In Technology Winners 2005
“Not what they do for themselves, but how they involve and inspire others.”

Awarded during the Great Computer Challenge
Old Dominion University
March 19, 2005
 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINNERS

Technology Classroom Educator of the Year

Elementary School-Educator
TIE:
Nicole Jeffreys, Computer Resource Specialist, Rosemont E.S., Virginia Beach
Edith Turner, Computer Resource Specialist, Lee Jackson Elementary, Mathews

The judges recognize two individuals for the award category: Elementary Technology Educator of the Year. This category recognizes technology professionals that assist classroom teachers with technology integration. The judges are pleased to recognize: Nicole Jeffreys, Computer Resource Specialist at Rosemont Elementary School in Virginia Beach Public Schools, and Edith Turner, Computer Resource Specialist at Lee Jackson Elementary School in Mathews County Public Schools.

Nicole Jeffreys plans and collaborates with all of the grade levels and specialists in Rosemont Elementary. She maintains building computers as well as trains teachers on new technologies. She is Webmaster for the schools website which she took from 4 to 54 pages in her first year, and made it interactive. She chairs the school Technology Committee. She assists with grant applications, and opens the computer lab in the evenings for community use. As still another example of her extended contributions she was selected to be part of the Virginia Beach Public Schools Parental Involvement Initiative program. She also serves as the school Media Liaison bringing newspaper recognition to the school. Described as enthusiastic and knowledgeable, the judges are pleased to recognize the contributions of Nicole Jeffrey’s, Computer Resource Specialist at Rosemont Elementary School in Virginia Beach.

Edith Turner receives this award category for her contributions with technology integration at Lee Jackson Elementary School in Mathews County Public Schools. Nominated by a parent volunteer, as well as supported with a letter from her Principal, Edith Turner actively engages Kindergarten through 4th grade students in computer technology and curriculum applications. She is described as a self motivated and educated professional. She designed the schools first technology curriculum. She also supports special needs students with assistive technology tools. She is the technology specialist for the Summer Regional Governors School. Further reaching beyond the call of duty, she serves as an instructor for introductory computer and internet classes taught to adult students in her community. Finally, among her contributions, she is the Great computer Challenge Sponsor and coach to the Elementary as well as Middle School Great Computer Challenge teams.

For her assistance with empowering students, teachers, and parents, the judges are pleased to award the Elementary Technology Educator of the Year Award to Edith Turner of Lee Jackson Elementary School in Mathews County Public Schools.

 

Technology Elementary Teacher of the Year
TIE:

Gerald W. England, First Grade Regular Education Teacher, Georgetown Primary, Chesapeake
Christina E. Troxell, Fifth Grade Teacher, Landstown Elementary, Virginia Beach

This award category recognizes Classroom teachers who have integrated technology into their classrooms. The judges once again recognize two exceptional classroom teachers.

The first classroom teacher to be recognized is Gerald W. England, first grade education teacher at Georgetown Primary in Chesapeake Public Schools. As just one example, his students use technology to collect data and create graphs in support of math SOL’s. The data collected is personalized and turned into a Power Point presentation using Multi Media Display System. Mr. England is described as competent, creative, and extremely generous in enhancing his own students’ learning with dynamic lesson plans, as well as assisting other teachers, students, and school staff. He also goes beyond the call of duty by sharing his vision for technology integration with the School Technology Committee and provides numerous technology training experiences for fellow teachers including the use of Multi-media system in classroom instruction, Microsoft Excel, Power Point, United Streaming Video, internet tools, interactive whiteboard and digital photography. He is credited with establishing an enthusiastic environment where young learners and professionals embrace the use of technology in all aspects of learning and teaching.

It is the judge’s pleasure to acknowledge Gerald England as the Technology Elementary Teacher of the Year.

The judges also recognize Christina Troxell, 5th grade teacher at Landstown Elementary School in Virginia Beach as Technology Elementary Teacher of the Year. The judges were impressed that she not only applied for a grant and received the funds to purchase a digital camera, but she then put the technology to creative and exemplary classroom use. Her students produced and edited a digital video production. Props were gathered and her students recorded skits that were scripted, produced and edited by her students demonstrating connections between Virginia’s economy in the past and today. Christina Troxell also has her students take pictures of everyday objects and creatively import them into PowerPoint presentations. Her students have created interactive Civil War timelines and a Civil War ABC book. She regularly integrates video streaming into Inspiration graphic organizers to present practical applications of difficult to visualize concepts such as atoms. For her enthusiasm and creativity in empowering students with the use of technology, the judges are pleased to recognize Christina Troxell of Landstown Elementary School in Virginia Beach as the Technology Elementary Teacher of the Year.


Technology Elementary Principal of the Year
Sr. Patricia O’Donnell
, Principal, St. Gregory the Great School, Independent
The judges are pleased to announce the 2005 Elementary Technology Administrator of the Year Award Winner: Sr. Patricia O’Donnell, Principal of St. Gregory the Great Independent School. Sr. O’Donnell has insisted on full integration of technology into her school, encouraged teachers to be trained on how to use technology in their classrooms, as well as encouraging them to apply for grants that support technology resources. She has vigorously advocated student involvement with the Great Computer Challenge, improved the numbers of computers in the classrooms of her school increasing student and teacher access. She has converted the school to fully computerized record keeping, grading and reporting. Further, she has promoted the use of the Web site to assist students, teachers and families, including such applications as daily homework assignments, lunch menus, and faculty email. Finally, through her leadership, she has overseen the creative use of technology in various curricula including TView Adapters, science probes, and software applications. For her dedication, hands-on support, imaginative approach, and focused energy on technology integration,

The judges award the Elementary Technology Administrator of the Year award to Sr. Patricia O’Donnell, Principal, St. Gregory the Great Independent School.
 

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS

Technology Educator of the Year

Middle School
Diana Mond, Library Media Specialist, Center for Effective Learning, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Diana is described as a prolific integrator of technology, integrating dozens of WebQuests and hundreds of additional lessons. These include unique approaches in a variety of subjects, from budgeting exercises, creative use of video with sports injuries, creative English applications, to social studies, and multiculturalism.

Considered inspirational and of great assistance to the teachers with whom she collaborates, and for innovation within a wide range of subjects, the judges are pleased to recognize Diana Mond as the recipient of the 2005 Middle School Technology Educator of the Year Award.

High School
Jennifer Ludford
, Social Studies Teacher, Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Jennifer takes every advantage to advance learning through the use of technology in her classroom. Whether addressing tragic historic events such as the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911 or investigating case studies in genocide, she carefully aligns technology to engage her students in such sensitive subject matters. Her students listen to the radio communications of pilots on D-Day and radio broadcasts to the public during World War II. She takes advantage of compelling historic events and available resources so her students can better understand the issues of those times and how they extrapolate to modern day. As creative as she is with her students, she is described exceptionally generous and innovative in helping her peers advance themselves through the use of technology. She is both a problem solver and a generous volunteer.

For her innovation within her classroom and generosity with her peers, it is the judge’s pleasure to acknowledge Jennifer Ludford as the recipient of the 2005 High School Technology Educator of the Year Award.

Technology Administrator of the Year

High School
Felicia Dyke, Engineering Technology Magnet Program Administrator, Heritage High School, Newport News

Felicia has brought her leadership talents to Heritage High to develop community partnerships as well as assisting with grants to further technology throughout her school. In just one year she has expanded technology classes working with Northrup Grumman; she was awarded a grant through Thomas Nelson Community College to establish a Career Coaching position to further increase technology awareness and assistance for students; and she developed Dual enrollment opportunities for students with Thomas Nelson Community College.

Promoting community involvement, educating families on virtual school opportunities, and bringing role models into her school, Felicia Dyke is described as an innovator. The judges are pleased to announce her as recipient of the 2005 High School Technology Administrator of the Year Award.