2016 Award Winners

Andrea Alvarez-Hernandez

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Andrea Alvarez-Hernandez 4th and 5th grade Computer Science teacher, tech liaison, SPOC PS 212 School of CyberScience and Literacy in Queens. Andrea makes sure technology is a tool that all members of the school community can access and use. She holds professional learning sessions to help teachers integrate technology into their lessons, provides tech support to the school community, brings many grants to her school, and works with parents to help their children become digital citizens.

Ross Berman


Ross Berman, math teacher MS 217 in Queens. Ross has helped spread the use of Google Apps and other technology resources across his school. Being a one to one school has allowed Ross to experiment with Blended and Personalized Learning. Ross has presented on using Google Apps in the classroom at the School Technology Summit, EDxED conference and as a part of the Innovation Partner Professional Development Program. He worked closely with the iZone on the Short Cycle Evaluation and small businesses to pilot ed tech products that are now incorporated into his math class.

Lisette Caesar


Lisette Caesar, Principal Mosaic Preparatory Academy Principal Caesar believes in the importance of providing students and teachers to technology and information literacy. Students learn how to maneuver both pcs and Macs. Every classroom is furnished with four desktop pcs and a promethean board. Every teacher receives a laptop at the beginning of each school year. The school has a Mac computer lab and a new Target library outfitted with various technological advances includes iPads. Principal Caesar believes in providing students with skills that will help them compete in an ever change global society. Some of these skills including coding, excel, PowerPoint, iMovie, Skype and more.

Christina Dessources


Christina Dessources, mathematics teacher and technology coordinator at MS 319 in Queens has found numerous ways to integrate technology into her everyday teaching. She uses the knowledge that she has learned from Apple professional develops and other technology develops to assist herself, students and colleagues in combining effective instructions with an effective use of technology. With her students, Ms. Dessources has been able to create videos to assist students in their learning and making sure that they are placed on the "Path to Success."

Katrina Gordon


Katrina Gordon technology teacher PS 181 in Queens. Katrina launched Edmodo across the school community to promote blended learning, digital citizenship and parental participation. She created a school website and has integrated the use of Class Dojo throughout her school to promote positive behavior, improve parent/teacher communication and has helped developed the school's virtual backpack. Katrina seeks out workshops and conferences to stay current and deliver innovative instruction. Katrina’s passion for Educational Technology is visible as she works with diverse learners and collaborates with her school community to ensure student success.

Laura Hui


Laura Hui, the Parent Coordinator at PS 174 in Queens has used technology to create systems that keep families informed. Laura keeps the school’s customized website updated with links to NYC DOE inititaitives. She uses Twitter and the school website to share grade- goals, newsletters, parent workshops and powerpoint presentations.

Jordan Kamer

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Jordan Kamer, technology and SETSS teacher at PS 46 in the Bronx, has implemented innovative technology to engage students and enhance instruction. In place of bulletin boards, his classroom has monitors mounted to the walls, with information able to be uploaded instantly. He brings education to life and enriches lessons, using a green screen studio; placing students in the setting, travelling through time and around the world. He has begun to implement voice technology to create a virtual teacher’s assistan. Jordan has travelled the tri-state region collecting and refurbishing computers and placing them in the classroom, as well as writing grants. He is a past presenter at the NYC DOE Technology Summit and aspires to become a school leader.

Peter Kornicker


Peter Kornicker is the Dean of Development and Library Media Specialist at PS/MS 161 in West Harlem. Over the past 16 years he has facilittated hundreds of partnerships in an effort to guide PS/MS 161 into the forefront of modern education. He spearheaded the effort which led to the Intel School of Distnction Award, 114 College scholarships for students through Say Yes to Education, numerous Reso A Grants. and he capped it of by helping his school win the Apple Connect Ed grant.

Eileen Lennon

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Eileen Lennon is the SPOC and technology teacher at MS 72, the Catherine and Count Basie School. Eileen is part of the team that developed the social media guidelines for the NYC Board of Education. Eileen moderates the #NYCSchoolsTechChat and has moderated national chats such as #EdTechChat and #growthmindset. She launched a coding curriculum three years ago and has presented her work at educational forums throughout the tri-state area.

Michael Leung


Michael Leung is a software engineering and math teacher at JHS 185. He has inspired students to use technology to assist in projects to improve their community and raise students' social awareness. His students have used their knowledge of technology to present to the school community through the use of multimedia designs and coding. The implementation of the Software Engineering Program has flourished under his supervision. He has worked this year to train teachers to implement technology in their classrooms on a daily basis. Mr. Leung is also the school webmaster. He implemented and maintains the school site with up to date information that is current and relevant to the school community. Parents, students, teachers and administrators have been provided with a tool that facilitates communication, work and organization to the school events and information. Mr. Leung also facilitates the Mouse Squad. Together they have a team of students that are being trained to troubleshoot computer problems within the school building.

Aaron Lewis


Aaron Lewis, Humanities teacher/technology coordinator at Village Academy Middle School, has been an educator in Far Rockaway for the last three years. His passion for students pushed him to seek out professional development opportunities that would better equip him to engage and educate. He was the first educator in his building to become Google Certified. He shared his knowledge with the school community and supported with transforming the use of technology and becoming a Google School. Aaron Lewis also created the school webpage. He consistently brings new technological tools to his colleagues and supports them with the integration process. His classroom is full of innovation with students constantly sharing work and feedback. His use of technology allows him to provide individualized learning with ongoing feedback.

Andrew Liebowitz


Andrew Liebowitz is the SPOC at Fort Hamilton High School. Andrew implemented a ticket systems, centralized secure inventory, software/hardware repositories, scripts to install and update endpoints, custom images and more. In the last 4 years, several tens of thousands of students, teachers, administrators and their devices have been positively impacted by Andrew's patience and support.

Jaime Munkatchy


Jamie Munkatchy coordinates technology for The James Baldwin School. She works to refine Baldwin's technology philosoophy of maximizing the features of free technology platforms while maintaining a critique of technological tools. She is most proud of her work to be build transparency and equity into technology purchases and her efforts to increase her building's bandwidth and unfettered access to the internet.

Karen O'Leary


Karen O'Leary teaches Social Studies through technology at PS/IS 113 in Queens. This past year she created a student Geek Squad to keep the school's 900 devices in good working order. The Geek Squad is also begining to provide training for new devices and software to teachers while they are gaining 21st century problem solving skills. She also brought in Google Expeditions and Hour of Code fo the students.

Jackie Patanio

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Jackie Patanio, Borough Instructional Lead-Instructional Technology at the Staten Island Borough Field Support Office (BSFC). She has worked on the District Technolog Vision for D31, Working with school Instructional Tech Designees on GAFE along with integrating tech into curriculum. Fostering partnerships with organizations, Mouse & SI MakerSpace,to promote/build MakerSpaces in D31 schools & support Girls Who Code in our Middle & High Schools.

Vincent Tobia

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Vincent Tobia, CTE Director at HS/Q460 in Queens, has been instrumental in making technology available to both the staff and students. He has developed a 5 year technology plan for the building and monitors its implementation throughout the building. Over the past three years he has double the amount of mobile computer carts with wireless printer in order to bring technology into the classroom. Our school now has 10 of the new interactive touch screen smart boards with future growth planned for 15 more next year. He’s also brought programs such as Girls who Code, opened a Microsoft certification center within the school and will open an adobe suite certification program next year. Mr. Tobia has tirelessly worked to improve our schools technology base and has worked with vendors like Skedula, Naviance, and educational networks to improve communication with parents and stakeholders to increase communication.

Kristi Vilberg

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Kristi Vilberg, science teacher at the High School for Hospitality Management in Manhattan, has served the students in high needs NYC schools for the past 12 years. She has worked tirelessly to bring a school website, online grading systems, and Google Apps for Education, to her school. She received a Fund for Teachers grant to present her work on flipped learning at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in July 2014 and has also presented for the NYC DOE School Technology Summit and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference. Kristi recently launched the school's first ever computer science program to increase interest and understanding of one of the most important careers for the future.