As I mentioned earlier this week, the TCEA TEC-SIG organization is getting ready to vote on its selection for the Making It Happen Award (from ISTE), also known as the “Pink Jacket” Award. There are some tremendous candidates going forward, and I hope that like in 2009, there will be two selected. But I want to be completely up front and say that I think every one of the nominees should receive a Pink Jacket Award.

In fact, let me say that again–each one of these ladies has done a tremendous job in enhancing technology. I could give examples for each, but that might make this blog entry more of an adoration than a simple sharing of who the nominees are. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Barbara, Jennifer and Paula in various capacities, and think highly of them.

In alphabetical order, nominees include the following:

  • Barbara Brown –
    Barbara Brown is a true servant leader whose commitment to teachers and students is beyond compare. She works unfailingly to ensure that every teacher knows how to differentiate instruction with the use of technology and that every student learns.

    During her 25 year career with Lewisville ISD Barbara has helped to build the educational technology program from the ground up. Under her direction the district has become a state leader in educational technology which others look to for guidance and support. Currently the Executive Director of Technology, she provides direction for the technology department programs and personnel, supervises the Instructional Technology Department, and manages technology implementation and programs for 63 campuses and 50,000 students. She works closely with the Lewisville Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Services department to ensure that technology initiatives are closely aligned with the district curriculum.

    Barbara was instrumental in implementing and currently supervises eSchool online courses for high school students and the district electronic curriculum management and student assessment system. Additionally, she facilitates more than 200 online and face-to-face technology staff development sessions yearly for teachers and administrators. Barbara shares her extensive knowledge of educational technology beyond Lewisville ISD. She served as the Lead Curriculum Writer and Trainer for the Technology Leadership Academy for Superintendents and Principals offered by the Texas Association of School Administrators. She has presented at many conferences including TCEA and the Texas Council of Women School Executives and has been the keynote speaker at the Region 11 Leadership Symposium. She has served as and Area Director, Vice President – Convention and President of the Texas Computer Education Association. Barbara is recognized throughout the state of Texas as a leader and expert in educational technology. Her peers value her insight and guidance. Barbara’s leadership and commitment to students and teachers had left an indelible mark few can hope to match.

  • Jennifer Faulkner –
    Jennifer has been in public education for 27 years. She graduated from Texas A&M in 1981 in Elementary Education with areas of specialization in math and earth science. She completed her master’s degree from University of Houston in Instructional Technology in 1996. After teaching math and science at the middle school level for 15 years in Pine Tree ISD, Deer Park ISD and Alief ISD, Jennifer became a campus technology specialist in Alief ISD.

    From 1997 until 2005, she served as the Director of Instructional Technology for New Braunfels ISD. She has served on the board for TCEA (Texas Computer Education Assn) from 2000-2003, and 2005 to present,, and has taught Technology Leadership Academies for TASA (Texas Assn of School Administrators).

  • Paula Murray –
    For almost her entire 26 year career, Paula has been a leader in promoting, planning, supporting and initiating instructional technology programs in K-12 schools. As the current Director of Educational Technology in Eanes ISD, she has been instrumental in modeling the use of and providing training for web 2.0 tools, as well as coordinating all instructional technology staff development across the district.

    Additionally, she provides leadership to technology coordinators by fostering a collaborative learning community to maximize use of digital age tools to achieve learning goals. She interfaces with the district curriculum department to enhance teaching and learning initiatives through technology.

    Throughout her career she has overseen a variety of initiatives including district-wide implementation of Excelsior gradebook, Eduphoria, and School Fusion. She has managed two major bond initiatives and testified in front of the Senate Education Committee in support of requiring the tech apps student assessment at 5th and 8th grade. Paula’s leadership and commitment to educational technology will benefit teachers and students for years to come.

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