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McLeod grateful for statewide award

by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider

PAM MCLEOD proudly holds the Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award. McLeod was presented with the award in late November while attending the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
January 16, 2013
ALTON — In Late November, Pam McLeod, the technology director at Alton Central School, was presented with the NHTSE Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award.

The award was presented to McLeod at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester by the NHSTE, the New Hampshire Affiliate of the International Society for Technology Education.

In order to be considered for the technology award, the recipient must have provided leadership in a public or private school, the nominee's work must have had a significant positive impact on technology use in education locally, statewide, regionally and/or nationally, the nominee has been involved in 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 has supported technology within the context of school reform, restructuring and improvement, the nominee has demonstrated a commitment to ongoing self-education by keeping abreast of emerging technologies and 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.

McLeod has been working at ACS for nearly 10 years, and she did undergraduate studies at University of Wyoming in electrical engineering and received her Master's in civil engineering from Purdue University.

Recently, McLeod helped install a new internet-based telephone system that will save the district thousands of dollars in the years to come.

McLeod feels that receiving the award shows that she has respect from not just people in the local community but from people around New Hampshire.

"It means that I have the respect from not only those at Alton Central School but throughout the state," McLeod said.

McLeod manages all the computers at ACS, with about 80 percent of the computers being Windows-based, 15 percent being Apple computers and about five percent being tablets. She has been focused on infusing technology into the classroom.

McLeod sees the school moving towards each student having their own device, but she is always on the look out for new advances in the technology field and that keeps her on her toes at all times.

Principal Sydney Leggett is very proud of McLeod for being recognized for efforts in her field.

"She has been a leader in the field of technology," Leggett said. "She is always thinking ahead. With changes in technology coming so fast, its great that she is always looking ahead to see what is next."

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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