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2006 Excellence in Technology Winners

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

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINNERS
Technology Educator of the Year

The judges recognize two individuals for the award category: Elementary Technology Educator of the Year. This category recognizes (1) the outstanding technology professional that supports educators with technology integration and (2) the classroom teacher that most exemplifies integration of technology in their classroom.

Elementary School-Technology Educator

Jody Carroll, Computer Resource Teacher, John B. Dey E.S., Virginia Beach
The judges are pleased to first recognize: Jody Carroll, Computer Resource Specialist at John B. Dey Elementary School in Virginia Beach Public Schools for her role in technology support.

Jody is described by her principal, Lee Capwell, as having a "vast knowledge of technology and an innate ability to motive others"…"with amazing accomplishments". She fosters strong relationships and collaborations; as one example she has designed innovative lessons that bring together the combined skills and resources of the library media specialist, computer resource teacher, and classroom teacher; she created a matrix of all possible curriculum units for each grade level, designed by months, an invaluable resource for teachers to use in developing lessons. She trained student crews in the technologies necessary to produce morning live newscasts, including "green screen" effects. She has written grants and assists her school administration in purchasing appropriate technology For her many valuable exemplary contributions, the judges are hereby pleased to recognize Jody Carroll, Computer Resource Specialist at John B. Dey Elementary School in Virginia Beach as Elementary Technology Educator of the Year in the category of Classroom Support.
 

Elementary School-Technology Classroom Educator

Brooke Rogers, First Grade Teacher, Lynnhaven E.S., Virginia Beach
It is the judges’ pleasure to announce Brooke Rogers, first grade teacher at Lynnhaven Elementary School in Virginia Beach Public Schools as Elementary Technology Educator of the Year in the category: Classroom Teacher.

Brooke Rogers is described by her assistant principal as "hard working and dedicated…using different technology strategies in her classroom to differentiate instruction to make her students succeed."  Using an interactive whiteboard, Alpha Smart cart, Claymation, Video Blender and Digital Presenter she constantly searches for new applications and she uses data to drive her instructional practices.
In addition to inspiring and engaging students through the use of technology, she shares her skills with fellow teachers on her grade level and throughout the building.

She also held a technology class for ODU students training to become teachers, and provided an onsite demonstration within her school.  For her exploratory and creative use of technology to engage students, and for selflessly sharing her skills with fellow teachers, the judges’ are pleased to recognize Brooke Rogers, first grade teacher at Lynnhaven Elementary in Virginia Beach, as the Elementary Technology Educator of the Year, in the category: Classroom Teacher.

Technology Administrator of the Year

LouAnne Metzger, Principal, Shelton Park Elementary, Virginia Beach

The judges are pleased to recognize LouAnn Metzger, Principal of Shelton Park Elementary in Virginia Beach Public Schools as Elementary Technology Administrator of the Year.

LouAnne Metzger is described as the "epitome of an educational leader who sees the big picture regarding technology integration. She models and encourages use of technology  and has  a vision for the future." Specifically she uses Quizdoms, Alpha Smart and LCD projection for interactivity at her faculty meetings. She has created a virtual school meeting place and introduced Share Point. She has encouraged use of Claymation, interactive whiteboards, videostreaming and laptops. She created a collaboration system to insure building level technology integration, created a more efficient office environment by ensuring office staff are trained and using Master Calendar, spreadsheets and a listserv to improve efficiencies. She supports acquisition of technology as well as teacher training.  For her modeling and encouraging faculty, creating high expectations in technology integration, assisting with securing the tools to do the job, and the impact on her school, the judges are pleased to recognize LouAnn Metzger, Principal of Shelton Park Elementary in Virginia Beach Public Schools as Elementary Technology Administrator of the Year.

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS
Middle School Technology Educator of the Year

Becky Koptish, English Teacher, Gildersleeve Middle School, Newport News Public Schools

The Judges are pleased to announce that the 2006 Middle School Technology Educator of the Year Award is being presented to Becky Koptish, English Teacher at Gildersleeve Middle School in Newport News Public School Division. 

Becky is described by her Principal as a “shining example of the best in education.”  She is a dynamic integrator of technology in the writing process with her students. As one example, she took on the difficult subject of “bullying” and her students, via MovieMaker, created innovative public service announcements that broadcasted to the entire school. Meanwhile, attributed to technology integration, her students constantly outperform their peers in quarterly assessments and 9 week grades. 

She is an educator who not only voluntarily trains other teachers how to incorporate technology in their lessons, she models lessons for them as well. The judges are most pleased to recognize Becky Koptish as the recipient of the 2006 Middle School Technology Educator of the Year Award.  Congratulations.


RUNNER UP:  Jim Pomozzi, Mathematics Teacher, Crestwood Middle School, Chesapeake Public Schools

High School Technology Educator of the Year

Sherree Weeks, Speech/Language Pathologist, Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
 
The Judges are pleased to announce that the 2006 High School Technology Educator of the Year Award is being presented to Sherree Weeks, Speech Language Pathologist at Princess Anne High School in the Virginia Beach Public School Division.

Sherree Weeks incorporates technology into the curriculum for students with severe to moderate disabilities. She uses software that makes a significant difference in the ability of special needs students to express themselves and demonstrate their writing skills and achievements.  She wrote and secured a grant that provided funds for purchase of a multi-media projector that is used to help students with disabilities to produce a newsletter where even non verbal and non reading students can participate. The newsletter is distributed to students, administrators, staff, and family members.

Sherree is known for her amazing collaboration with large numbers of teachers so that they too can enhance their classroom instruction and she also helps family members who need assistance with technology.

For all she does to make a monumental difference with students, teachers, and families through the use of technology, the judges are most pleased to recognize Sherree Weeks as the recipient of the 2006 High School Technology Educator of the Year Award.  Congratulations!

Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year

Aaron Smith, Assistant Principal, Lindsey Middle School, Hampton City Public Schools

The Judges are pleased to announce that the 2006 Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year Award is being presented to Aaron Smith, Assistant Principal at Lindsay Middle School in the Hampton Public School Division.

Aaron has a chorus of individuals who embellish his positive and lasting impact on Lindsay Middle School. He coordinates the One to One student laptop initiative and conducts monthly team meetings improving the facilitation of the technology. He supports parent and student training, including creating guidelines and policies that address student use of laptops at school and at home.  The result is the one of the lowest damage rates in one of the largest technology installations in the school division.

He was influential in piloting SOL online testing and helped spur other middle school online testing in Hampton. He was instrumental in implementing the Algebra Readiness project and created a matrix timeline that is being used district wide. In addition, he wrote a successful grant to secure color laser printers and digital cameras for the school. 

For his outstanding technology leadership and administrative support of technology integration,  it is the judges distinct pleasure to acknowledge Aaron Smith as the recipient of the 2006 Middle School Technology Administrator of the Year Award. Congratulations.

Middle School Technology Supervisor of the Year

Barbara Sumner, Technology Coordinator, Trinity Lutheran School, Independent Schools

The Judges are pleased to announce that the 2006 Middle School Technology Supervisor of the Year Award is being presented to Barbara Sumner, Technology Coordinator for Trinity Lutheran Schools in Newport News.

Barbara is making a significant and remarkable impact on technology integration at Trinity Lutheran. She wrote the school technology plan; she trains teachers, maintains the computer lab, Chairs the Technology Committee, serves as WebMaster, contacts the media, assists parents, and performs other technology related duties. Above and beyond, she excels in developing new technologies: movie making, forensics, and robotics. She sponsors half a dozen student teams to the Great Computer Challenge and has students engaged in the First Lego League Robotics Challenge.

Barbara’s ultimate proof of performance is in the outcome of students she coaches. Her team won first place in Project Presentation in Lego League at the ODU competition and second overall, and they secured first Place in Project Presentation in the state competition.

For her many contributions and achievements, the judges are pleased to recognize Barbara Sumner as recipient of the 2006 Middle School Technology Supervisor of the Year Award. Congratulations.

High School Technology Administrator of the Year

Marjorie Stealey, Principal, Norview High School, Norfolk Public Schools

The Judges are pleased to announce that the 2006 High School Technology Administrator of the Year Award is being presented to Marjorie Stealey, Principal at Norview High School in the Norfolk School Division.

Marjorie Stealey constantly seeks new ways to enhance teaching and learning through the use of technology. Under her leadership teachers are trained to think differently about how technology can be integrated with instruction. She inspired the vision that turned into reality with Norfolk’s newest state of the art high school that opened last year. At Norview High School students and teachers are both the consumers and creators of technology based products, from streaming video and online AP courses, interactive conferences, Blackboard homework, parents accessing grade books from home, to computer based feedback from the sports training room.

For vision and setting the technology tone within the high school learning environment, it is the judges extreme pleasure to award the 2006 High School Technology Administrator of the Year Award to Marjorie Stealey. Congratulations!

High School Technology Supervisor of the Year

George D. Holden, Director of Technology, Cape Henry Collegiate, Independent Schools

The Judges are pleased to announce that the 2006 High School Technology Supervisor of the Year Award is being presented to George Holden, Director of Technology at Cape Henry Collegiate Independent School in Virginia Beach.

George does it all with technology at Cape Henry Collegiate. He has created computer labs, purchased digital cameras, camcorders, LCD projectors and the latest software packages as well as providing each teacher with a wireless laptop.  He typically makes three rounds in the building each day to be available to staff and even observes classes to better understand classroom technology needs and applications.

But, George goes beyond the basic technology itself. He is creative and inventive.  For example he uses the video iPod concept to create four series of podcasts with guest speakers, student speeches, and movie clips for example that are used by parents, teachers, and students. During the summer gifted technology students teach parents, and teachers the basics of word, powerpoint, iMovie, and PhotoShop. George is an out of the box thinker.

For his creativity, advocacy, and contributions far exceeding expectations, it is the judges pleasure to recognize George Holden as the 2006 Technology Supervior of the Year.  Congratulations.