Lindsey R Martin – Lowndes County School district


From the nomination letter – 

“In her latest iteration as the district instructional technology specialist, Lindsey is that irresistible, “unbalanced” force that changes momentum and shifts direction for our teachers and their students. One of our greatest challenges in a time of prescribed lessons, managed instructional programs, and greater accountability is overcoming inertia and restoring energy (and joy) where it has been depleted.“


Kris Plummer – Jefferson City Schools


From the nomination letter-

Kris is an inspiring educator whose wealth of knowledge is in itself an asset, but even more so is his approachability and ability to design and facilitate differentiated learning opportunities for technology integration across stakeholder groups. He is an educator who makes great things happen!”


Becky Nipper – Putnam County Middle School (Putnam County Charter School System)


From the nomination letter – 

“Becky not only shares her passion for technology with her school family, but she also opens the doors to her Learning Commons to the community after school hours to support those members who are eager to learn what she is sharing.” 


Mary Ellen West – Collins Hill High School (Gwinnett County Public Schools)


From the nomination letter-

Mary Ellen has implemented multiple professional development initiatives that have inspired teachers and the school to focus on transforming learning through the use of technology in order to create authentic learning experiences, empower students with choice and ownership of their learning, and differentiate instruction in order to meet the needs of all students.”


Christian Padgett Frederick Wilson Benteen Elementary School (Atlanta Public Schools)


From the nomination letter – 

The bottom line is that Christian Padgett is a connected educator who passionately believes that students and teachers should never stop learning.  He is an instructional and teacher leader who believes all children can learn with the right level of engagement. Furthermore, Christian is a firm believer that instruction should be differentiated, individualized, and personalized for students with the right tools and resources.”