Executive Director, CUE

CUE Celebrates 2013 Education Heroes at Annual Conference

Palm Springs, Calif., March 14, 2013 – Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc. honored 14 outstanding Ed Tech professionals during its annual conference in Palm Springs, March 14-16, 2013. These individuals were recognized for their efforts in infusing curriculum with technology and for leading through innovation. The 2013 award recipients are as follows:

The Gold Disk is CUE’s oldest recognition program. Since 1983, recipients who have received this honor have been recognized for their contributions to CUE and to technology in education. Gold Disks are intended to celebrate member contributions of time and talent to CUE.

Pam Korporaal | Former Director of Technology, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District

Joyce Miller | Teacher Specialist, Instructional Technology, Pomona Unified School District

Charles Merritt | Principal, El Carmelo Elementary School, Palo Alto Unified School District

Cheryl Davis | Acalanes Union High School District Curriculum and Instruction Technology Specialist

Christine Olmstead | Administrator, Office of Academic Content, Orange County Dept. of Education

TILL Awards recognize local, state and national leaders in educational technology. Members of the broader educational technology community (not necessarily members of CUE) are eligible for recognition in this category for their contributions to advancing the mission of the organization.

Rushton Hurley | Founder and Executive Director, Next Vista for Learning; Director of Krause Center for Innovation’s MERIT ((Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program

CUE’s Platinum Disks are presented to members of the educational technology community who have made significant ongoing contributions to the advancement of technology in education. CUE members (and others in extraordinary circumstances) who have made outstanding and continuing contributions to CUE and to accomplishing its mission and goals can be nominated to receive the Platinum Disk. Platinum Disks are awarded rarely and only in recognition of career-long contributions to educational technology, CUE, its affiliates and mission.

June Dodge | Co-owner and Vice President, QuestGarden, Incorporated

Patricia MacIntyre | Principal, iHigh Virtual Academy, San Diego Unified School District

The Legislative Advocacy Award is presented to any combination of members of the state and/or federal legislature and their staffs or persons selected are those who have made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts in promoting the educational use of technology to advance student achievement through legislation.

Barbara Nemko | Napa County Superintendent of Schools

The Outstanding Emerging Teacher award recognizes a classroom teacher who in the first seven years of his or her teaching career has already made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting.

Megan Ellis | 7th and 8th grade teacher, Jordan Middle School, Palo Alto, California

The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes a classroom teacher who has made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting. Creating standards-based curriculum using technology is the key element in this award. Nominees must be classroom teachers and CUE members in good standing.

Jennifer Ratchel | Educator, 2nd through 6th grades, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Eissler Elementary, Bakersfield City School District

The Site Leader of the Year Award is CUE’s newest award and recognizes a school site principal or assistant principal (or equivalent) who has made a noteworthy contribution to promoting educational technology within his or her school. Recipients must demonstrate the following:

Strong support for the belief that all students will excel academically
Exceptional leadership in finding ways that technology benefits teaching and learning
Building staff morale or the learning environment
A commitment to educational quality and student achievement
A commitment to professional growth.

Clifford Smith | Principal, Oak Hill and Juniper Elementary Schools, Escondido Union School District

Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation and is coordinated by the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE).

Pam Korporaal | Former Director of Technology, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District

Marisol Valles | Director of Operations, Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Inc.

The purpose of the Leroy Finkel Fellowship is to promote leadership in the field of educational technology. CUE “Fellows” strengthen professional skills, develop a technology-based curriculum project, and share their ideas and strategies through OnCUE and by presenting at conferences. The success of CUE is directly related to LeRoy’s leadership efforts. This fellowship honors those efforts and the inspirational spirit of the man.

Kate Petty | Secondary English Teacher and ELD Coordinator, Trabuco Hills High, Saddleback Valley USD

Four of CUE’s 2013 award winners will be submitted for consideration to ISTE. CUE’s winners for Emerging Teacher, Outstanding Teacher, Legislative Advocacy and Technology in Learning Leadership are in the running for ISTE’s awards in similar categories. ISTE will announce its winners at its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 23-26, 2013.

CUE thanks these educational heroes and their nominators for inspiring us with their innovations, their creativity and their integration of technology into curriculum and the educational process. For more information, please go to

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Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead.

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