2019 Grant & Award Winners
Beacon City School District
Cardboard Creations with Hummingbird Circuits
Grand Island Central School District
Autobiographical Portfolios - Beyond the Word Processor
Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District
3D Printer to Support the Creation of a Collaborative "Maker Club"
Garden City High School
Humanities: Cross-Curricular Exploration using VR
WALTER FISHON & LAURA MOAKLEY
Bay Shore High School
Engraving our Path to Innovation
JENNIFER HATFIELD & KHRISTA TABAK
Depew High School
Can you fit it in a box?
Center for Instruction Technology & Innovation
Rethinking the Elementary Sandbox with AR
Southwestern Central School District
Unfathomable Field Trip
Cheektowaga Central School District
Outstanding Superintendent Award
MR. TOM PIATTI
Richfield Springs CSD
Tom is the Superintendent of the Richfield Springs Central School and the recipient of the 2019 NYSCATE Superintendent of the Year award.
As Superintendent since 2015, Tom has led Richfield Springs Central School, a small rural agricultural community, as it sets itself apart from neighboring districts through its’ vision and emphasis upon technology in education. He does not distinguish technology and learning as separate or complementary attributes. Tom says “Technology is learning”. Technology by itself has the means to be leveraged to foster our students with a wide variety of rich learning opportunities, which in turn, produces digitally proficient students.
Outstanding Teacher Award
Schalmont Central School District
Kacie teaches 6th-grade digital literacy, a full year technology course that integrates digital citizenship, literacy skills development, and computer science, at Schalmont Middle School and the recipient of the 2019 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award.
She is also the coding club advisor and engineering club advisor and a member of the strategic planning committee and curriculum subcommittee. She has been instrumental in creating the digital literacy program in the middle school and has developed the program from the ground up. She has worked with many other teachers to help with any technology or project-based learning questions they have. Kacie is always willing to help out and she runs many workshops about how to integrate technology into any classroom.
Outstanding Leader Award
Wappingers Central School District
Art is the Director of Instructional Technology, Data, Assessment, Library Media Services, and Technology Education at Wappingers Central School District and the recipient of the 2019 NYSCATE Outstanding Leader Award.
Since his arrival, WCSD is a leading district in the Hudson Valley with both surrounding districts and higher educational institutions in learning about these initiatives. Art’s contributions to the profession are on-going for he has presented at several NYSCATE events including the annual conference, Hudson Valley conference, and the NYSCATE Smart Schools conference held at SUNY New Paltz. Most notably, his passion and enthusiasm for promoting sound technology usage for instruction is impressive. Since he continually finds ways to support and provide resources for his teachers and colleagues, they are able to utilize technology to improve instruction for the more than 10,000 WCSD students.