Congratulations to the winners of the Southern California Tech & Learning Innovative Leader Awards who attended our Regional Leadership Summit on February 24, at Adele H. Stamp Student Union.

Our deserving winners are all mentioned below, in our article on the Tech & Learning website and in the magazine.

Best Example of Professional Development
Michael Goodman
Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Kenmore Middle School, Arlington, VA

Michael L. Goodman is a Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Arlington Public School district in Northern Virginia. He served at Kenmore Middle School for 25 years where he has developed the instructional technology program by selecting and purchasing equipment, developing training materials, delivering professional development, coaching staff, and providing ongoing daily support to staff and students. As a result of Mr. Goodman’s technology vision 12 years ago, his school had the pleasure of hosting President Barack Obama who commented “Mr. Goodman is doing a great job with supporting technology for the students and staff at Kenmore.”

Best Example of Professional Development
Steven Jones
Instructional Technology Coordinator, Swanson/Arlington Public Schools

Steven Jones is an Instructional Technology Coordinator, Adobe Creative Educator Leader, and AI advocate. He currently leverages his background as an Apple Learning Coach and experience as an ISTE AI Explorations Coach to help support teachers. Using his own curriculum, he has taught a variety of classes over the years and his students have participated in authentic learning experiences involving 3D printing, designing for accessibility, and artificial intelligence. He is a former ISTE STEM Co-Chair and has led educators across the globe as a Goals Project Facilitator where teachers and students collaborated to create solutions to improve the world.

Best Example of Professional Development
Charles Randolph
Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Career Center

Charles has over 15 years experience as an Instructional Technology Coordinator (ITC) for Arlington Public Schools. During that time, Charles has worked directly with students, teachers and administration to infuse 21st century Instructional Technology/STEAM/CTE skills in the classrooms and schools. Charles has also supported school and county-wide deployments and professional development initiatives. Charles is currently a member of ISTE, former ISTE STEM Co-Chair 2019-20 and a member of VSTE. VSTE educational technology organizations-Ad Hoc Inclusion Task Force: Mentoring Program 2019-22. Charles has also served as Lead High School Instructional Technology Coordinator for Arlington Public Schools. Certified Apple Learning Coach, Apple Learning Specialist, SMART Lumio Certified Trainer and ETLO (Certified Online Facilitator).

Best Example of Professional Development
Christine Stokes-Beverley
Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools

Christine Stokes-Beverley is a Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator in Arlington Public Schools in Northern Virginia. She works closely with teachers to help them imagine how to use technology as a tool to transform learning for their students. She started her career as a special education teacher in Miami, Florida. From there, she quickly developed her educational technology skills and expertise in various K-12 educational settings. Her career has been marked by her service to the nation as a Teacher Fellow in the United States Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology during the Obama administration, where she provided professional learning opportunities to educators at the local, state, and national levels. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Florida International University and a Master's and Specialist Degree in Educational Technology from the University of West Georgia and is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

Best Example of Teacher & Student Wellbeing Programs
Jenna Whitney
STEM Teacher, South Allegheny School District

I have been a teacher in the South Allegheny School District for 22 years. Most of my career I have been a science/STEM teacher at the middle school level. I am the assistant coach of the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and middle school volleyball teams. I live within my school district with my husband, Ray. My goal is to be an innovative teacher that is dedicated to making students love learning. I have always been comfortable experimenting with different methods of teaching and integrating technology in the classroom. I am lucky to work in a district that is constantly looking to move forward as an innovative leader.

Best Implementation of Data Privacy & Security
Emmanuel Ajanma
Director of Technology, Barre Unified Union School District

Best Overall Implementation of Technology
Sherri Harris Gibbs
Educational Specialist - Instructional Technology & Computer Science K-5, Baltimore City Public Schools

Support the integration of technologies, stem gear, and blended learning; Computer Science K-5, and all things instructional tech including 21st-century, online educational, and hybrid support of instructional framework planning and development for professional learning, and CS curricular for computing, computational thinking and STEM

Innovative Superintendent Award
Tom Burton
Superintendent, Princeton City Schools

Mr. Tom Burton, Superintendent of Princeton City Schools, is a proven and dynamic school educator, well known and praised for his leadership. He believes that creating a collaborative environment with all stakeholders will help ensure that each child's needs are met. Serving as an educator since 1987 and at Princeton City Schools since 2015, Tom lives out the Princeton mission to empower each student for college, career, and life success. By being flexible, collaborative, and open to new learning, Tom feels we can truly inspire our students to be prepared for the real world and ensure that they make the world better than it is now.