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McLeod honored for technology work


November 28, 2012
ALTON — NHSTE, New Hampshire Affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education is proud to announce the 2012 Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award. In order to be considered for the award, the following criteria must be met.

The nominee has provided leadership in a public or private PK-16 NH school;

The nominee's work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education locally, statewide, regionally and/or nationally;

The nominee has involved the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative initiatives to advance the use of technology in education;

The nominee supports technology within the context of school reform, restructuring, and improvement;

The nominee demonstrates a commitment to ongoing self-education by keeping abreast of emerging technologies;

The quality of education and/or work experience has been significantly advanced in the nominee's work place as a result of the nominee's efforts.

Pamela McLeod, Technology Director for the Alton School District is this year's recipient of the NHSTE Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award.

McLeod has worked for Alton School District as the IT Director for the past eight years and has been an integral in helping her district move forward in terms of educational reform, best practices, workplace efficiency and communication between home and school. This is due to her forward thinking vision and incredible knowledge and expertise of 21st century digital tools. McLeod is passionate about finding the best technology for the diverse needs of students that she serves in Alton in a way that is sustainable by the IT staff and manageable by the skills an interests of the teaching body in her school district.

She is also an invaluable asset to the collaboration that occurs between schools throughout New Hampshire as she is always willing to offer her vast knowledge, insight and experience in many situations to assist people as needed. Joshua Olstad, Director of IT for the Oyster River Cooperative School District notes, "For several years now, Pam has been instrumental in helping district technology staff to collaborate more. This is evident in her efforts to create the Microsoft consortium as well as the "Geek Meets." Her willingness to share what has worked for her has been very helpful to New Hampshire schools. While it may seem that much of her focus is on the IT side, she is always able to connect the technology back to students and learning."

Sonja Gonzalez, IT Manager of NH Community Loan Fund and friend states that, "Pam has an innate ability to understand that different teachers, students and different districts have different needs, but there are common variables and that's where we can work together."

McLeod was honored Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference at the Radisson Hotel and Expo Center of NH in Manchester.

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