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Tech & Learning's 26th Annual Leader of the Program Now Open!
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.
The following companies have graciously donated prizes to be awarded in the 2013 Leader of the Year Program:
Meet the Winners of the 2012 Leader of the Year Program:
Casey Wardynski, Superintendent, Huntsville City Schools, Huntsville, AL
In just one year, Huntsville City Schools completely transformed education for its nearly
25,000 students. And the district owes it all to the plan put forth by a brave and visionary
leader, Superintendent Casey Wardynski. His plan, which the board unanimously approved
in June of 2012, was to use one‐to‐one learning and launch a digital curriculum. It is one of
the largest school systems to go digital in every school. Today, teachers use interactive texts,
videos, animations, and other tools from digital instructional programs. Best of all,
Huntsville is already seeing positive results from this digital revolution. Teacher reports
and school records show students more engaged and interested in learning, and
suspensions are down 56% from last year.
Wardynski is honored to be recognized as a Tech & Learning leader and hopes other schools
will see that change can happen rapidly. “Technology is the great equalizer,” he says. “When
all students have a common device, it eliminates equity issues and brings everyone up
together instead of pulling people down.”
Phyllis Cavallone‐Jurek, Principal, St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, Chicago, IL
Nine years ago, the St. Therese Chinese Catholic School was struggling to keep its doors
open. Then, along came Phyllis Cavallone‐Jurek, a new principal with a strong and clear
vision. Today, the school buzzes with technology, from digital gradebooks to laptop labs to
handhelds to a wireless network, and is deeply committed to implementing STEM‐focused
classes. Thanks to strong leadership, technology integration, and innovation, enrollment is
“Being named a Tech & Learning leader helps us realize that our mission is possible—even
on an extremely tight, frugal budget,” says Cavallone‐Jurek.
James Pate, Media Coordinator/Teacher, Bee Log Elementary School, Burnsville, NC
When the 63 students in your rural school are three hours away from the closest large city
and have never been to a beach, there’s only one way to let them get a feel for those places.
At least, that’s what James Pate believes. In the last six years, Pate helped transform his
school into a technology showplace. He dusted off the laptop lab, removed the plastic
covering from the interactive whiteboards, and pushed the LCD projector carts away from
the corners of the classrooms. As he began to use these tools in his media classes, his
colleagues took note of his projects and started asking for help. Thanks to a supportive
principal and Title I funds, Pate hired substitutes to allow teachers to attend several halfday
training sessions. Last year, Pate and a teacher wrote a grant to purchase five iPods and
then convinced the principal to buy another 10 iPods plus two iPads for teachers.
“I’ve helped bring emerging technologies to the smallest and most rural K‐5 school in North
Carolina,” says Pate. “Winning this award helps me to know I’m headed in the right place
with these children.”
Julie Bohnenkamp, Director of Technology, Center Grove Community School
Corporation, Greenwood, IN
As the technology director for a high‐performing, award‐winning school district, Julie
Bohnenkamp knows she must deliver high‐quality training to keep students engaged and
help teachers personalize and differentiate their instruction. In the past five years, she’s
written grants to secure more than $1,000,000 in funding. The money has helped her create
one‐to‐one classrooms, provide iPads for special education, and provide top‐notch
professional development at every turn.
Bohnenkamp is excited to win the Tech & Learning award and hopes it will honor the work
that her entire department and teachers have done. “A leader empowers and supports the
work,” she says, “but the results are a team effort.”