ISTE Award Winners Announced
ISTE recognized its 2009 award winners at NECC in June.
Here is a run-down of the winners:
The Outstanding Leader and Outstanding Teacher awards
honor individuals who have demonstrably improved education through the effective use of technology.
Outstanding Leader: Karl Fisch,
director of technology, Arapahoe
High School, Centennial, Colorado
The Sylvia Charp Award presented by ISTE and T.H.E.
Journal recognizes district innovation in technology.
Winners: Shari Camhi, assistant superintendent, and
Joseph Geller, director of technical services, Glen Cove
School District, Glen Cove, New York
The Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award recognizes
a person who is an outstanding leader and mentor in
advocating for educational technology policy at the local,
state, regional, national, and/or international level.
Winner: Sheryl Abshire, chief technology officer,
Calcasieu Parish School System, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Special acknowledgment: Jennifer Bergland, Bryan
Independent School District, Bryan, Texas, and Chris
Johnson, Arizona Technology in Education Alliance,
Tucson, Arizona, for being advocacy trendsetters
The SIGMS Technology Innovation Award, sponsored by
Linworth Publishing Incorporated and Follett Software
Company, honors a school librarian and collaborating
teacher who have conducted an exemplary technology
program extending beyond the media center.
Elementary school winner: Karen Kliegman and Noël
Forte, Searington Elementary School, Albertson, New York,
for “Meet the Candidates”
Middle school winners: Lindsay Cesari and Patrick
Donahue, Durgee Jr. High School, Baldwinsville, New York,
for “Digital Commercials of a Scientific Element”
High school winners: Belinda O’Brien, Susan Casement,
8 Learning & Leading with Technology | August 2009
and Cindy Rubenstein, Minerva DeLand School, Fairport,
New York, for “A Person Who Changed His/Her World”
The Kay L. Bitter Award honors excellence in technology-based PK– 2 Education.
Winner: Kathy Cassidy, first grade teacher, Westmount
School, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
The SIGTel Online Learning Award, sponsored by ISTE’s
Special Interest Group for Telelearning, recognizes creative
educators for their pioneering use of telecommunication
networks to provide innovative learning opportunities for
students in grades K– 16.
First place: Sharon Peters, The Study, Westmount, Quebec,
Canada, and Marguerite Kling, Nature Coast Technical High
School, Brooksville, Florida, for “Darfur Video Project”
Second place: Roxanne Glaser and Shane Howard, Education Service Center, Waco, Texas, and Rusty Garrett,
KWYV News 10, Waco, Texas, for “Twisted Weather”
Third place: Lisa Parisi and Christine Southard, Denton
Avenue Elementary School, New Hyde Park, New York,
for “Poetry Collaboration”
The SIGTE Research Paper Award recognizes excellence
in research in the area of technology and teacher education.
Winning paper: “Cyberbullying: Using Virtual Scenarios to
Educate and Raise Awareness” by Vivian H. Wright, Joy J.
Burnham, Christopher T. Inman, and Heather N. Ogor-chock of the University of Alabama.
Learn more at www.iste.org/awards
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