2017 Award Winners

Clemencia Acevedo

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Ms. Acevedo implemented Blended Learning in Self-Contained and ICT classrooms across subject areas at MS325. Through iLearn/iZone, Ms. Acevedo has provided professional development sessions to school staff to incorporate Google Classroom and use Remind App to reach out to parents and students. She has incorporated social media elements, ex. twitter, in her parent and community outreach to engage parent involvement in school activities. Ms. Acevedo is an active learner and is a member of Fordham Digital Literacies Collaborative.

Sean Arnold

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Sean Arnold raised over $1,000,000 in 4 years for technology improvement. He got District 75 and several city schools set up and trained to use G Suite for Education. He regularly taught staff throughout the district, city (i.e. UFT, DOE, etc.), and nationally (i.e. ISTE, NYSTL, etc.) how to best integrate technology with special needs students and make it accessible. He innovated classrooms using game-based learning with software like Minecraft, BrainPOP, and Classcraft. He also promoted and taught computer science for years with students, staff, and parents even holding after-school computer courses for parents.

Christina Basias

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Christina brought GSuite for Education (formerly GAFE) to the fingertips of her school community. As the point person for technology and a member of her school’s Learning Leader’s think tank, she motivated her colleagues to push their ed-tech comfort zones which revolutionized the school’s tech mentality. This motivation inspired teachers and administrators to become Google Certified through the Innovation Professional Development [IPPD] program. She has also presented on Google Certifications as part of the IPPD and at the Middle College National Consortium conferences to help train teachers across the city and nation on Google tools and best ed-tech practices.

Patricia Campopiano


Patricia promotes school wide use of technology through ELA lessons that incorporate Google Classroom and Google Apps in conjunction with collaborative ed-tech resources like Padlet, Quizlet Live, Kahoot and KhanAcademy. Through her participation in SEP, Google Certification and the Microsoft Innovative Educator professional learning she has continued to refine her practice and create engaging lessons for her students.

Patricia has supervised the Yearbook Committee for the last 4 years and has developed a “virtual visit” website that captures students in action and shares their accomplishments with parents and the school community.

Gloria Canales McCabe


Gloria has worked closely with classroom teachers and edtech developers to integrate technology into the classroom in various ways to facilitate successful teaching and learning. She has been able to provide her students the opportunity to pilot new tools and provide feedback to transform their own learning as part of her work with the iZone Short Cycle Evaluation and Google Classroom and G Suite for Education Pilot Program. Her class helped develop and pilot the tours that will be launched as part of the Google Expeditions Augmented Reality (AR) Pioneer Program.

Sal Contes, Jr.


Sal Contes provided several technology resources/tools for teachers to use in their classroom such as Remind, Newsela, Duolingo, Khan Academy and G-Suite Apps. Sal has also provided opportunities for teachers to attend day-long and multi-day conferences on the use of technology such as Tech Learning Live Princeton and SXSWEdu. He also has established an online portal via the school's website that allow teachers to access curriculum, forms, SLC agendas, meetings and notes.

Shaina Doherty


Shaina, working with the school’s Alumni Foundation, has helped build the school's multi-year STEM/SHSAT prep program, known as the STEM Pipeline Program for Middle School Students. During her time at Tech, she has become a mentor for the FRC Robotics team, advised several math/engineering clubs, and volunteered to help at every Engineers Week. During regular school days, Shaina has taught Digital Electronics and Computer Science Principles to sophomores, using a flipped classroom model, regularly utilizing Google Docs to collect work, student self-assessment data, and feedback. These data collection methods allowed her to more accurately address the needs of her students.

Ellen Goodman


Ellen has brought exciting programs to her students in all grades, including computer coding, digital photography, to understand the elements of photography and digital editing and, the many fun and practical uses for 3D printing.
Ellen has helped spread the use of DonorsChoose.org across her school community, with 172 fundraising projects successfully granted to date. She has trained over 50 teachers district-wide to successfully use the platform, as well as presenting both last year and this year at the #NYCSchools Tech Summit.
Ellen serves on multiple in-school committees, always putting the students at the forefront of new initiatives.


Carolyn Harvey


Carolyn is a strong advocate for student and parent involvement in technology. She has integrated technology into lessons for her students through the use of Smart Notebook, Padlet, Prezi, Voice Thread, and Phixr. She created a School Twitter account for her school community to showcase student work and promote parent participation. She has hosted school-wide activities in Computer Science, including the Hour of Code and Digital Citizenship. Receiving a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, she has clearly demonstrated “the importance of preparing our students to be lifelong learners capable of meeting the challenges of our ever changing technological society”.

Gregg Karrol


Gregg Korrol has been the Principal of PS 101 for 12 years. Korrol is a Google Certified Educator with a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology. In his 12 years at PS 101 he has received numerous grants and used funding to create 1:1 device usage for all students in Grades 3-5, technology centers in K-2, fitted the entire building with interactive boards, has staff collaborating on Google Drive, and more. PS 101 has been deemed a Model Technology School by the NYCDOE, been featured in Forbes, on ABC and in several newspapers.

Lou Lahana

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Dr. Lahana ran a social action-themed MakerSpace where students created products like a cigarette smoke detecting shirt, an edible insect stand, rings & wallets for the homeless, a robotic comfort dog for the elderly, and a 3D printed Nike sweatshop diorama.

Moses Ojeda

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Mr. Ojeda is a graduate of a CTE public school with an IT background and uses his past experiences to develop and implement career and technical education programs that are relevant to the needs of the community/city.

Mr. Ojeda understands the importance of merging the academics and career and technical education courses in order to develop the 21st century workforce of tomorrow.

Mr. Ojeda collaborates with other CTE professionals at the city, state and international levels in order to expose all students to various worldwide CTE programs and multicultural experiences.

Stephanie Plachy


Stephanie created a technology course for sixth graders at her school focusing on digital citizenship and the Google Suite. She rolled out email accounts to all students, training them on how to use them in a professional manner. At her school, she has also facilitated professional development sessions on the Google Suite and helped with her school's rollout of Skedula. She is an active participant in the #NYCSchoolsTech twitter chats and the Innovation Partner Professional Development program, first as an attendee and then as a presenter.

Dr. Wednaud Ronelus

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Dr. Ronelus has conducted empirical research studies in the NYCDoE system using emerging learning technologies such as Multi-User Virtual Simulations. He has been immersed in the "Makers/Hackers" movement for over two decades. He has designed science learning environments in which learners are actively engaged in developing deep understanding of fundamental scientific concepts, ideas, and principles using the latest bleeding edge learning technologies: Virtual Reality-VR, Augmented Reality-AR, and Mixed Reality-MR.

Amy Sacks


Creativity truly is the journey and the destination in Amy’s PS15 program. She has launched CS4All programs, including coding, robotics, and 3D design. Students create digital art and animations, and a number of projects have been selected for the borough arts festivals. Amy has partnered with MFSC and D1 to support STEAM. She hosted a District Make-A-Thon, involving families throughout District 1. She has co-authored and secured a grant to create a Tinkerlab to expand PS15’s STEAM learning opportunities. Amy also runs a MOUSE Squad to develop student leadership and communication skills through technical assistance and troubleshooting for the school.

Leslie Schecht


I created the District 75 office of STEM. Created professional development around science, technology, engineering and math for staff and schools. We are an Apple Distinguished district for the past seven years, and I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Educator since 2007. I started the first Lego League for students with special needs.

Paul Viglietta


Paul created and launched the school’s first official website which included the logo and mascot that he too helped to develop. Paul supports the STEM learning vision of the school, promoting and teaching Coding to all seventh graders and club participants. His passion for technology has resulted in the first STEM based curriculum for all grades at IS 162. He advocated for the STEM flight simulation program and OCEARCH curriculum, successfully presenting it as part of a stand-alone curriculum in addition to Coding. He has been instrumental in securing grants, ensuring all IS 162 students are exposed to technology.