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NAMTC Newsletter
  December, 2016  

 

NAMTC Newsletter
In This Issue...

 

Highlights from the NAMTC Leadership Summit

BlendED on my Mind
 
   
by Doreen Bergman

What a great week in Savannah - good weather, good presenters and good friends.  Did I mention good southern food?  The Annual Leadership Summit was a great success, a special thanks to all our participants for taking time out of their busy schedules.  Monday evening kicked off with our board meeting followed by an enjoyable evening at Lady and Son restaurant.  Tuesday we kicked off the Leadership Summit with a group activty facilitated by Barbara Treacy and Nancy Mangum, followed by breakout sessions and our awards luncheon.  We wrapped up Tuesday with presentations by Nancy Mangum.  Wednesday - Dr. Ryan Krohn kicked things off, followed by Ignite Sessions, a new feature for our Leadersihp Summit. Similar to TED Talks - these sessions were just the ticket to "ignite" and energize us to provide the leadership back in our own respective ESAs.  A special thank you to Angela Burke and her staff for putting together an awesome summit.  Be sure to check out highlights from our Annual Leadership Summit on our webpage.  

 


 

Welcome to our newest Board Member

Jeff Rothenberger new PA Board Rep
 
 
by Geoff Craven

A big welcome to Jeff Rothernberger from MCIU, (PA) for agreeing to serve on the NAMTC Board of Directors.  Jeff currently serves as the Program Administrator in the Office of Professional Learning at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit which supports 22 public districts and 150+ non-public schools in Montgomery County, PA.  Jeff has worked at multiple schools, as teacher and instructional coach, and educational service organizations over his career. He supports all instructional technology services and has established a variety of different blended, hybrid, and online programs for these organizations.

Jeff thank you for your support of NAMTC!  We look forward to continuing to work with you!

 

Welcome to our newest Board Member 

 

Valerie Taylor Hill - 2016 Brasleman Award Winner.

Grant Wood AEA brings home the Braselman!
 
 
by NAMTC Board of Directors

Congratulations to Valerie Taylor Hill from Grant Wood AEA for winning the 2016 Braselman Award!  Nominated by her peers - this award is presented in honor of the late Herb Braselman who served as the first president of our organization.  The Braselman Award is presented in recognition of exemplary service and leadership for regional media centers and for outstanding contributions to the field of educational media and technology.

Valerie has graciously provided leadership and assistance for NAMTC and it's membership.  Whether it's a printed brochure for a Shared Conversation, updating our Facebook page, or even a simple Tweet - she is always on top of these tools and helping to tell the NAMTC story.  

She has supported Grant Wood AEA's programs and services for more than 25 years and her CEO writes "Val is steady, patient and respectful with her peers and the agency's partnering organizations, she often leverages the positive relationships she has formed at Grant Wood AEA to help tell the story of our agency and our partnering organizations".  

It is with great honor that the 2016 Herb Braselman Award is presented to Valerie Taylor Hill.  

Valerie Taylor Hill - 2016 Brasleman Award Winner.  

 

2016 NAMTC Partner in Excellence Award Winner

Bob Darby - Mindshine Technologies Inc.
 
 
by NAMTC Board of Directors

Bob Darby celebrates a valuable broad experience of nearly 40 years in K12 education working as a administrator, principal, community education director and superintendent.  With a vision of providing dynamic tools for teachers and administrators to help students achieve their full potential, Bob leveraged his education experience and worked for and consulted with several software companies including Pearson, Follet, Compass Learning, etc.  Today, he is part owner of Mind Shine Technologies Inc, a development services company focused on helping ESAs provide innovative software solutions and services for their districts.  

An avid fisherman and softball player, Bob enjoys his spare time traveling with his wife Sarita and spenting time with their 12 grandchildren.  A long time friend and supporter of NAMTC, it is with honor that the 2016 Partner in Excellence Award be presented to Bob Darby!

2016 NAMTC Partner in Excellence Award Winner 

 

A look back on 2016

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!
 
 
by Geoff Craven

As some of you may know, each time this year I usually find myself donning a red suit and helping Santa for children's Christmas parties.  To see the sparkle in the children's eyes, the excitement and anticipation - takes me back to my youth growing up in rural PA.  Whether it was sled riding down the hill next to our American Legion, visiting the deer that were brought into our town park, or all the colorful lights and decorations - everything seemed magical this time of year.  I know many of you share the same memories as well.  

2016 was a year in transition for many of us.  For me personally it was retiring from my ESA after 35 years and beginning the transition as your Executive Director at NAMTC.  It has been a challenging but rewarding year as well, and the NAMTC board has a lot of new ideas planned for 2017.  

I want to take this time to thank all of you, my colleagues, our corporate and strategic partners for your support but most of all for doing what you do every day.  Many of us had roots in the classroom, however we seldom have the opportunity to work directly with students anymore.  But it is times like this that remind us of why we do what we do every day and the critical role we play in our children's future.  Whether it's providing materials/resources/professional development to teachers, maybe a telepresence robot for a home-bound student, providing leadership and guidance on implementing Blended/Personalized Learning, or maybe it's managing and analyzing test scores and student data or even simply increasing Internet bandwidth. Each of us play a critical role in providing the best opportunities for our children to succeed.  And while we may not see that smile on that child's face right now - someday we can proudly watch that child walk across the stage and receive their diploma knowing that we were able to play a part.  And that is the greatest Christmas gift of all.  

Happy Holidays to all of you and Best Wishes for the New Year!

 

 

A look back on 2016 

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