Annual Educator of the Year Awards are nominated by fellow educators, administrators and students
SALT LAKE CITY, July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Structurethe creator of Canvas, today announced the winners of its 2022 Educator of the Year awards as part of the InstructureCon 2022 edtech conference. The program recognizes outstanding educators in North America working to embrace remote learning, prepare students for the job market, and support student achievement and success in a changing educational landscape.
“Over the past few years, educators around the world have met unprecedented challenges with patience, grace and skill,” said Melissa Loble, Director of Customer Experience at Instructure. “We have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of nominations this year, but we have selected six inspiring educators who demonstrate an uncommon level of dedication, love for their students and passion for education. Congratulations to all our 2022 winners!”
The 2022 Educator of the Year Award winners for North America are:
Nicole Morton – Third-grade teacher, Lake Ridge Elementary School (Woodbridge, Virginia)
Having worked as an elementary educator for the past 16 years, Nicole truly knows how to spark intrinsic curiosity and create a culture of continuous learning in all of her students. Each year, she inspires her students in a special way by setting high goals and expectations, clarifying those expectations, and holding students accountable for achieving those goals. Its main goal is to spark the intrinsic curiosity of all students and create a culture of lifelong learning. Nicole takes learning beyond the classroom and makes connections so the content she teaches is relevant in everyday situations.
Nicole has cleverly incorporated The class pet store to manage positive student behavior, build classroom community, and reward positive behavior, creating an inviting classroom experience.
Isidoro Legara, Jr. – Eighth grade teacher, Westridge Middle School (Orange County, Florida)
Isidro teaches in a Title-1 school made up of students from diverse cultural backgrounds. To be born and raised in The Philippines, Isidro understands how difficult it is to be in a new academic atmosphere. An advocate of social-emotional learning and standards-based, culturally appropriate teaching, Isidro wants all of his students to feel safe, welcomed, loved, and accepted in his classroom.
Isidro has used technology to more effectively reach students at all levels of learning during and after the pandemic. Her classes on Canvas help students learn both in the classroom and at their own pace. Three days before the start of the ’21-’22 school year, Isidro deftly pivoted from teaching 7th grade to fill an unexpected vacancy as a 8th grade teacher.
Ashley Jackson – Ninth grade teacher, Garland ISD (Garland, TX)
As an instructional technology coach, Ashley works with teachers across all departments on her campus, helping them use MasterPaths to personalize learning and use New Quiz data to inform remediation and extension.
A champion of accessibility, Ashley’s strength lies in the relationships she builds with educators and students. She helps teachers try new things and innovate in their classrooms. This willingness to experiment and walk with teachers as a servant leader extends beyond her initial campus and extends further into the district. She has been working for a few years to make sure teachers understand how to leverage Canvas to meet the needs of all their students.
Christine Trapani – Former Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia)
As an instructional technologist in the Center for Learning and Teaching, an assistant instructor in the English Department of Former Dominion University and PhD student, Chrystal works with students from all backgrounds, including first-generation students, veterans, and students with disabilities. She works tirelessly to ensure that all of her course content exceeds accessibility standards, carefully scaffolding each major task into small goals that she knows will work best for her students’ needs.
For example, she spent weeks creating a Pac Man-like interactive activity in her Visual Argument module, where students work through the module to learn course material while escaping ghosts. Additionally, she knows that students do their best when they examine their passions, so she asks them to work on projects that will advance their area of specialization or career in their overall work.
dr. Yunlong Shao – New York Institute of Technology (New York, NY)
As an assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology Vancouver, British ColumbiaCanada, yunlong long ago moved away from the “stage-wise” teaching approach and provides students with real-world, hands-on learning experiences that draw on first-rate teaching instincts. He has built many courses with a blend of genuine student collaboration, genuine assessments, tireless availability and presence, and a sincere and admirable dedication to their continued success.
Yunlong provides students with assignments in written form and uses Canvas tools to record short explainer videos, creates demonstrations of successful work, and strives to make its materials as accessible as possible using the Accessibility Checker and Canvas captioning tools. Demonstrating vulnerability and a growth mindset is key to engaging at-risk populations and her students do better because of her willingness to do so. His tireless work ethic, composure and consistency make him a teacher students can rely on long after class is over.
dr. Ronald Miller – Utah Valley University (Orem, UT)
As a professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Operations at Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business, Ronald is a visiting scholar with Manchester Harris College, Oxford Universitybringing with him an extensive resume of international work in countries such as Ghana, Mexico, India, The Philippines, Fiji, China, Tonga and more.
Ronald is known for personalizing and modifying his teaching so that each student can not only grasp the concept, but also apply the principles in a real-life setting. Potentially at-risk students regularly seek out Ronald because of his reputation as an instructor who welcomes all students as they work toward academic excellence. Hoping to guide his students towards fulfilling careers or even higher education, Ronald always wants to know each student’s trajectory and then works to give them the boost they need for long-term success.
Selection of winners 2022
The Educator of the Year awards were judged on the following criteria, with particular emphasis on adaptability to blended and distance learning and accessibility of learning for at-risk students :
- How does this teacher redesign classroom activities based on evidence to help students achieve their academic goals? Share examples of how they’ve gone above and beyond by adapting to reach students and/or embracing technology in the classroom in new and exciting ways. (50%)
- How does this educator’s classroom experience promote inclusion and improve achievement for at-risk populations? (25%)
- How does this educator inspire students, spark curiosity, and support student growth and achievement? Give specific examples of results. (25%)
InstructureCon 2022 takes place on Thursday July 14 in North America. This is the first year that Instructure has organized regional events in Latin America, Europe/Middle East/Africa and the Asia Pacific Regions. This year’s free virtual events can be viewed online for up to a year. To register visit https://www.instructure.com/events/instructurecon.
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