Each year, VSTE recognizes exemplary educators who are recognized at the Annual Educational Technology Conference. This year, three individuals were recognized at Technology Coach of the Year for their outstanding work in supporting their peers in becoming digital age educators. They meet the high standards set in the ISTE Standards for Coaches.
Krystle Demas from Goochland County is a model coach, an approachable expert who is always learning and always leading. She routinely uses her experience and new learning to help both students and teachers be their best. She is regarded by her peers as a compassionate leader who knows the research behind pedagogy, has her finger on the latest tools, and someone who is effective at advancing student growth. Krystle is a valued member of the division technology team and an instructional technology coach.
Patrick Hausammann from Clarke County Public Schools is a vital member of the learning community in Clarke County and around the state. His work with teachers has allowed many to step outside their comfort zones and find innovative approaches to meet student needs. As one of the co-founders of EdcampNSV and as the driving force/founder of the Clarke County Innovation Committee and Conference, he has demonstrated a commitment to helping teachers learn in order to help students. His acceptance into the Google Innovators Program -- an extremely selective group -- epitomizes his growth-mindset and collaborative personality.
Timothy Signorelli from Fairfax County Public Schools has helped guide his school’s transition to 1:1 technology opportunities for students and designed meaningful learning experiences for teachers and students alike to pave the way for this change. As a leader, he has thought deeply about the steps needed to achieve success; as a teacher at heart, he brings classroom experience and an understanding of instruction to all that he does. He combines these strengths with an approachable and collegial manner that encourages teachers and students to seek out his support. Tim is generous with his expertise, sharing his time and talents to support professional development in literacy and other school- and district-wide goals in addition to 1:1. No matter the context, Tim provides useful technology resources, meaningful training, and informed guidance in a friendly and professional manner.