Votes from Public & Guest Judging Panel to Determine Three Classroom Refresh Grand Prize Winners

AUSTIN, TX (November 3, 2014) – Compass Learning, a leader in learning acceleration, announced today the finalists of its first annual Classroom Refresh Contest™. The 15 finalists, representing the top music video submissions from more than 120 entries from K-12 classrooms across America, will be narrowed down to three grand-prize winners in each grade category by a guest judging panel and through votes submitted by the general public on the contest site,

The three classroom makeover prize packages include cutting-edge personalized learning software, hardware, professional development and support packages from Compass Learning, Education Elements, SMART® Technologies, and NWEA™. Winners’ classrooms will be “refreshed” with education technology to help individualize and enhance instructional techniques and meet the diverse learning needs of students.

Videos will be judged based on overall creativity and spirit of the entry, effectiveness of expressing how the use of technology enhances personalized learning in the classroom, and the production quality of the video.

The finalists will also receive a one year annual site license for all students in the finalist school for Renzulli Learning™ Project-Based Learning and Enrichment Solution from Compass Learning and virtual Professional Development opportunities – a $5,800 value.

“These videos indicate how passionate educators are about the use of technology to meet the individual needs of each and every student in their classrooms,” said Eileen Shihadeh, Vice President at Compass Learning. “It was difficult to choose, but we found that these 15 finalists showed exceptional strength in creativity and spirit.”

The finalists of the 2014 Compass Learning Classroom Refresh Contest are:

Kindergarten – 5th Grade:
• Doug Valentine’s class from Jess Harben Elementary in Richardson, TX
• Joe Giner’s class from St. Marys Intermediate School in St. Marys, OH
• Shelley Patterson’s class from Pick Elementary School in Auburn, AL
• Jessica Holmes and Cari Hamlin’s class from Westridge Elementary School in Frankfort, KY
• Jennifer Dragotta’s class from Conway Elementary School in Conway, SC

6th – 8th Grade:
• Dorothy Henson’s class from Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines, IL
• Vanessa Colon-Payan’s class from Paso del Norte School in El Paso, TX
• Sherry Teson’s and Mallory Duncan’s 3rd hour students from Selvidge Middle School in Ballwin, MO
• Sherry Teson’s and Mallory Duncan’s 4th hour students from Selvidge Middle School in Ballwin, MO
• Shannon Goerke’s classroom from Leonardo da Vinci School in Green Bay, WI

9th – 12th Grade:
• Kristina Acevedo’s class from Alternative Learning Center in Rosenberg, TX
• Max Ormond’s class from Tenor High School in Milwaukee, WI
• Gina McCarley’s class from Lawrence County High School in Moulton, AL
• Julia Coots’ class from Portland High School in Portland, TN
• Debra Desmond’s class from Robert Morgan Educational Center in Miami, FL

Public voting on is open through 11:59:59 a.m. EST on December 1, and grand-prize winners will be announced on or about December 10.

The guest judging panel that will help determine winners is comprised of eleven leaders in the fields of education and technology, including: Katie Beck, Chief Operating Officer of 4.0 Schools; Jeff Dunn and Katie Lepi, co-founders of Edudemic and Daily Genius; Adam Geller, founder of Edthena; Tanner Higgin, Senior Manager of Education Content at Common Sense Media; Dr. Sito Narcisse, Associate Superintendent at Prince George’s County Public Schools; Christopher Piehler, Editor-in-Chief of T.H.E. Journal; Dennis Pierce, a founding editor of—and current Special Project Manager for—eSchool Media; Ron Reed, Executive Producer of the SXSWedu Conference & Festival; Greg Rosenbaum, Producer of the SXSWedu Conference & Festival; and Christine Weiser, Executive Editor of Tech & Learning magazine.

About Compass Learning®
Known for its academic rigor that is based on more than 40 years of research into how students learn, Compass Learning partners with educators to ensure that students achieve record academic results, one learner at a time. Its K-12 learning acceleration software™ combines a rigorous instructional approach and actionable data with engaging digital content so students have fun while making real progress. Supported by innovative professional development, Compass Learning is a comprehensive answer for educators who want to inspire students on the path to success. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Compass Learning serves more than 10,000 schools across the United States.

To learn more about Compass Learning, please visit For media inquiries, please contact Elisabeth Wraase at Stanton Communications at (410) 727‐6855 or

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