Regional technology group honors Kannapolis science teacher

Kannapolis science teacher Doretha Grier has received one of the first three Kathy Schrock Digital Pioneer Award in recognition of her "contributions to teaching and learning in the 21st century," according to a news release.

The award, named for pioneering educator Kathy Schrock, is a global recognition of those who have been trailblazers in using technology in instruction.

The award was presented by the Capital Region Society for Technology in Education in a ceremony June 19. The society, based in Arlington, Va., includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina.

The society received 38 nominations and identified nine finalists for the award. The award ceremony can be viewed online; visit and click on "Digital Pioneers."

"We have created the Kathy Schrock Digital Pioneer Award to recognize the vision and efforts Ms. Grier models for educators everywhere," Executive Director Walter McKenzie said. "It is our hope that in showcasing Doretha's work, we are advocating for new strides in making education accessible an achievable for students everywhere."

Grier teaches at Kannapolis Middle School. In nominating her, Assistant Principal Kelly Burgess said, "Mrs. Grier has embraced technology that she integrates seamlessly and always seems to find just the right tool for the task at hand."

Grier will serve on the CRSTE advisory board, helping to guide the organization as it explores the potential for technology to improve and transform education. She also is invited to present at the October 2010 online CRSTE Global Symposium.

The award is given by teachers to teachers, recognizing the importance of modeling risk-taking, problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. The recipients are lifelong learners who successfully make the transition from the industrial age to the information age and provide rich learning environments for students preparing to live and work in the 21st century, according to the society's news release.

Recipients demonstrate growth in the use of technology for teaching and learning throughout their careers; model risk-taking by pushing traditional boundaries for the benefit of students; adopt new technologies and embed them meaningfully into teaching and learning; evaluate, share and use all types of Web-based resources; possess varied technology skills; emphasize information and computer literacy across the curriculum; serve as mentors and evangelists to colleagues and the larger education community; and continue the passionate journey, always looking and learning and sharing what they find.