Bryson has worked closely with UETN to curate technical requirements for school districts, and has madethese available through the UETN network. These resources have also been shared at multiple conferences this year,including a keynote presentation at the UTCC Winter Tech Retreat and the Utah ACTE conference. The keynote presentation was in partnership with Ken Garff Esports (a program of the Success in Education Foundation) who has provided grant funding to over 60 schools statewide in an effort to support the important work that is happening withesports, all scaffolded by Bryson’s ingenuity and dedication. Bryson has created documentation that helps schools throughout Utah, who are justgetting started with esports, understand the backend setup and requirements. He has provided multiple contentfiltering configuration examples to schools who are new to this process, as well as sharing best practices he hasimplemented in Alpine. Bryson and his team have remained open and available to collaborate with districts to assist them in this process. Bryson’s motivation for investing so much time and effort into this process has been closely tied to the socialemotional wellness opportunities it brings to students.
Having colleagues like Bryson with a problem-solving attitude has made all the difference in the CS/IT content areain Alpine. Teachers have felt more empowered to try new things and enhance their content. Our district has studentswho have won the Utah state title three years in a row for the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot competition. All because the cybersecurity teacher wasn’t afraid to ask for support in offering this opportunity to our students.
To quote Alpine’s CTE director, Michelle Price: “Bryson already had a full time job and esports was added on top ofthat. He has taken this on and never missed a beat with his other responsibilities. He pushes the boundaries andallows us to try new and innovative things but student safety is always his priority. When other districts are saying“we can’t” Bryson is doing it.”
UCET Outstanding Leader Award recognizes and honors a leader (principal, superintendent, school or district technology staff, regional technology trainer, etc.) who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.
UCET22 Outstanding Leader: Jeff Egly
Associate Director for the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN)
Nominated by: Jim Stewart, Kathy Webb, Rick Gaisford, Cody Spendlove, Charice Carroll, Kim Davis, Cory Stokes
Serving UETN for more than 23 years, Jeff Egly works tirelessly and is highly committed to ensuring Utah districts, schools, and higher education institutions are reliably and robustly connected to the Internet providing state-of-the-art education for students.
According to Jim Stewart, UETN’s CTO, “Jeff Egly is an extremely valuable member of our team. His technical skill set is impeccable, as is his work ethic. He is a very service-minded individual who takes a proactive approach in reaching out to stakeholders so that we can best meet their needs. His leadership has led us to a statewide education and telehealth network that is second to none. This wouldn’t have been possible without him.”
With his pivotal job at UETN, Jeff Egly, first and foremost, always supports teachers, students, and his co-workers. One of Jeff’s greatest strengths is his ability to bring people together to collaborate in furthering technology in education, not only at UETN, but for the entire state. He regularly carves out time to collaborate with educational technology leaders, students, teachers, and administrators.
Jeff believes in sharing with Utah’s education community and is a strong leader in planning, supporting, and presenting in important statewide technology conferences including the SAINTCON leadership community, UETN’s Tech Summit, IVC Conference, and Winter Tech Retreat, as well as the CTO Retreat. These are successful in part because of Jeff’s direct vision, commitment, leadership, and support.
Just a few examples of Jeff’s educational technology leadership in the state:
Jeff’s vision, leadership, and support is critical for the success of the statewide Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) network. Jeff was the driving force at UETN to secure CARES Act funding to purchase expanded Webex licensing and the addition of Zoom licenses for educators throughout the state. Jeff leads Utah’s eduroam implementation, a unique wireless id for educators and students enabling use of their devices in any of the 1,600+ UETN sites.
With his pivotal job at UETN, Jeff Egly, first and foremost, always supports teachers, students, and his co-workers. He is truly a shining example of an effective Utah educational technology leader.
ISTE Making It Happen Award is given to a Utah educator, who over time has made a significant and broad impact on the vision and practice of Digital Teaching and Learning in the state of Utah.
UCET22 ISTE Making It Happen – Laura Hunter
Dr. Laura Hunter (she/her) is chief operating officer for Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) and station manager for public media station KUEN, providing robust broadband and broadcast services statewide. She is executive producer for over 280 innovative and award-winning videos, websites, and curricula. Hunter oversees the award-winning UEN.org website team, professional learning, media services and community engagement departments. Dr. Hunter holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a research focus on educational technology, Master’s Degree in Education, Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, certificates in Public Leadership from Harvard University, Non-Profit Leadership from Georgetown University, and Diversity Leadership from Furman University. She previously worked for the Utah State Office of Education and Salt Lake City School District and is a licensed teacher.
UCET22 INNOVATIVE TEACHER AWARD WINNERS
The Innovative Teaching Awards recognize teachers for facilitating student learning through innovative teaching practices using technology. Innovative Teacher submissions are by the district.
Box Elder School District – Shizhong (John) Zhang, 10-12, Box Elder HIgh School, Brigham City
Dr. Zhang (John) grew up in China. He did his graduate work at UFC and has now been with Box Elder School District for two years. He started in 1st grade, where the kids loved working with him. He is now our AP Chinese teacher at Box Elder High School. Dr. Zhang loves to share his culture with his faculty through cooking. He enjoys exploring Utah’s outdoors through hiking.Dr. Zhang (John) made the transition from teaching 1st grade to teaching AP Chinese at the high school. In making the change, he has worked hard to create a blended learning environment for his students. This year Dr. Zhang also had his students and many throughout the Chinese DLI program create videos for the Chinese New Year that he shared with the community both in-person and virtually so many could participate. Dr. Zhang also spends time with the new 1st-grade teacher assuring that her Canvas course is adequate for 6-year-olds to use effectively.
Cache County School District – Eddie Faires, 9-12 Ridgeline High School, Millville
Eddie has taught for 11 years at elementary, middle school and now the high school level. He started his career as a PARA and then earned his teaching license through an Alternate Route to licensure. Prior to teaching he spent 24 years in the United States Air Force where he worked on designing Interactive Courseware for Medical careers. He currently teaches Robotics, Electroncices, CS Principles, Computer Programming 1 and 2, Business Office Specialist and Web Development 1. Eddie helps facilitate an AM STEM Automated Manufacturing course and is the VEX robotics coach. He is currently working on bringing a Game Development course to his high school. Eddie has gone above and beyond to adapt to everything that has been asked of him. He was hired close to the beginning of the school year and he not only embraced the new position, but worked tirelessly to receive all of the necessary endorsements. He is a great example to never stop learning. He recently completed a 900 hour certification course and is taking additional courses in Computer Science at USU.
Granite School District – Jessica Gygi, 2nd, Rosecrest Elementary, Millcreek
Iron County School District – Kaylee Vogel, Kindergarten, Iron Online, Cedar City
Jordan School District – Kelli Cannon, 5th Grade, Ridge View Elementary, Herriman, UT
Juab School District – Alynn Hansen, 5th Grade, Mona Elementary School, Mona
Logan School District – Mitchell Womack, 7th & 8th, Mount Logan Middle School, Logan
One of the major ways they use technology is to help in the RTI process. There are a few different ways that the team uses Canvas to meet student needs. Another way they use the technology provided is to create Mastery Paths on Canvas. This allows students to move through the material based on their proficiency. Mitch and his team are using their technology to make sure that each student reaches a level of understanding that will help them be able to create a positive future for themselves and their communities.
Millard School District – Jeremy Teeples, Social Studies, Millard High School, Fillmore
Nebo School District – Kyra Benson, Maple Mountain High School, Spanish Fork
North Sanpete School District – Cindy Galecki, 3rd, Fairview Elementary, Fairview
Cindy Galecki is an innovative teacher who enjoys finding new ways to implement and use technology in her classroom. Students benefit from her resourcefulness and ability to push the limits, often stretching her IT department’s ability to provide support. 😉 Remote lessons were challenging for everyone, but Cindy made it look easy, as she was already ahead of the curve. She is of great benefit to her school and district and a great example of what can be done with an innovative spirit.
Ogden School District – Jaci Durtschi, High School, Ogden High School, Ogden
Park City School District – Summer Marshall, 6-7, Ecker Hill Middle School, Park City
During the 2021-2022 school year Summer Marshall transitioned from middle school Technology Coach to a Computer Science Integration Coach. In this new role, she supports teachers as we transition from an isolated to integrated CS model. The additional support allows us to ensure fidelity throughout the implementation process and lead to measurable student outcomes.
One of the most clear and present challenges when it comes to CS in the K-12 space is teacher capacity. Cultivating quality CS educators for our future computational thinkers is a daunting task. A level of comfort with CS instruction can be developed by focusing professional learning efforts on pedagogy and content knowledge. However, professional learning must consider the school schedule, as well as the time demands it may place on a teacher. This has become even more evident during the pandemic years. It is also important, especially given the content area, to create some hands-on experiences for teachers to help them with content delivery in the classroom. Taking all of this into account Summer is able to offer additional support through coaching to content area teachers as they begin integrating computational thinking concepts. This is truly embedded professional learning for our educators.
Piute School District – Robert Thomas, Math and Sciences at Piute High School, Junction
Charter and Private Schools
Channing Hall – Jeff Meyers, 7th-8th, Channing Hall, Draper
During covid-19, while online, hybrid, or all in person, Jeff provides his students with opportunities to grow, explore, design, question, and invent through his hands-on learning, technology rich classroom. Students are engaged in science simulations and are able to explore a world of learning only available through these simulations. Students are continually engaged in science and engineering by developing problem solving solutions to real world problems and creating tangible products through designing and bringing to life through 3D printing. Pushing kids to explore outside of the classroom, many of Jeff’s students place in the regional science fairs and have gone on to state and national science fairs. He also mentors our technology teacher and builds important learning connections that can be used in life. Jeff also took ownership of the 8th grade trip to MOAB, where students can apply and explore concepts in the natural world and bring those lessons back to the classroom and life.
GreenWood Charter School, Ogden – Kylie Peterson, Special Education, 4-8
They currently hold a degree in both Health Promotion and Education and are working toward their Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Design from Weber State University. Kylie lives a plant-based lifestyle and loves everything that Greenwood stands for.
Kylie has led our school in learning how to use technology in the classroom. She uses technology to reach kids both in the classroom and online. She has been hybrid teaching for the past 2 years and helped her students grow even when they can’t be at school. She uses Google Classroom, Nearpod, Kami, her iPad, SWIVL and several other apps and devices to engage kids in learning. She creates ways to give feedback to students and opportunities for them to show what they know in all kinds of engaging ways.
Monticello Academy, Highbury, West Valley City – Rhonda Russell, 4th grade
Summit Academy, Draper – Erin Hughes, 6th grade
Erin is a 6th grade teacher at Summit Academy in Draper. She is the Draper campus STEM Facilitator and is also currently earning her ISTE Certification. Erin has shown magnificent leadership on her campus and is constantly looking for ways to grow and improve in her own classroom, support those she works with, share her new discoveries, and take time to teach what she learns to others. She is an excellent example to all around her of what innovative means.
Erin is very self-driven and has found ways to support, not only her classroom, but herself and the entire campus at Summit Academy-Draper. She found ways to keep activities going during COVID and created a virtual STEAM Night for all families at her school. Other successes include: presenting a STEM tip monthly in staff meetings to her colleagues and admin, incorporating STEM into her classroom for students who are present and virtual through the Common Lit program, providing modern projects that can be done virtually and in person, and uses EduProtocols aligned with the virtual tool of Socrative.com to engage her learners.