Leader of the Year
Tech & Learning
is once again honoring K-12 administrators, technology coordinators, and teachers who use technology in innovative ways to help teachers teach and help students learn. We invite you to share your teaching, training, and managing success stories with our judges. Judges choose one finalist for each of the following four categories: teacher, technology specialist, technology coordinator, and administrator. Each of the finalists will win prizes, gain national recognition and be profiled in T&L
's 2013 December Awards Issue.
Winners have been announced. Click here to read the press release.
The following companies have graciously donated prizes to be awarded in the 2013 Leader of the Year Program:
Meet the Winners of the 2013 Leader of the Year Program:
Matthew Akin, Superintendent, Piedmont City School District, AL
Piedmont City School District provides every teacher and student in grades 4-12 with a MacBook through its mPower initiative. Just three years into this program, district enrollment has grown by 200 students and more people are moving to the town so their children can attend Piedmont schools. “Our mPower Piedmont initiative revolves around community transformation through education,” says Akin. “Ultimately, by personalizing learning and providing all students with laptops and home Internet access, we have the opportunity to not only level the playing field but ultimately provide our students opportunities that would not be available in most settings.”
Jim Gunner, Superintendent, Perkins Local School District, OH
Within 15 months of arriving at the Perkins Local School District, Superintendent Jim Gunner started a 1:1 program for 1,350 students in grades 6-12. This achievement was especially important for Perkins Township, a blue-collar community that has suffered through the effects of the closing of several automotive suppliers in the area. “Schools that are not actively exploring and engaging mobile technology as a way to open the greater world to their students are putting their students at a disadvantage in the world of the future,” says Gunner.
Eva Harvell, District Technology Integration Specialist, Pascagoula School District, MS
As her district’s technology integrator, Harvell helps teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. “If we want our students to collaborate with each other, we as teachers need to know what good collaboration looks and feels like. No longer do you see the use of technology in a classroom as a special event, but rather a daily activity.”
Laura Welter, Assistant Superintendent, Hampton Township School District, PA
As chairperson of a technology council that includes teachers, administrators, parents, students, and board members, Welter evaluates PD, budgets, tech integration, and policies and procedures. She believes that the council’s most significant impact is garnering PD feedback from teachers. She says, “There is no end to the learning and growth for teachers when it comes to technology and using it effectively.”
• Mike Slowinski, Library Media & Technology Coordinator, School District of West De Pere, WI
• Laurie Denk, Advanced Technology Teacher - Vision_Tek Program, Smoky Valley High School, Smoky Valley USD 400, KS
• Ann Kohler, South Forsyth High School, GA
• Ana-Maria Campos, Director, Computer Resource Centers, NY
• Marcus Twyford, Director of Technology, Mother of Mercy, OH