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Area educators honored for integrating technology into the classroom

April 13, 2010

Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) fourth annual awards banquet. From left: Sharon Bolan, Ralph Mulleins, Stephanie Carter, Dr. James Thornton, Gerard Robinson From left: Frances Wilson (accepting for Sharon Bolan), Ralph Mulleins, Stephanie Carter, Dr. James Thornton, Gerard Robinson

The Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC), affiliated with Longwood University, recently held its fourth annual awards banquet in Longwood's Dorrill Dining Hall. Teachers and representatives from the 25 school divisions that comprise the consortium were recognized for integrating technology into the classroom. Gerard Robinson, secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia, presented the keynote address.

The SVRTC coordinates the acquisition and integration of up-to-date and emerging technologies and training for K-12 students and staff and other citizens to enhance learning and encourage economic development in Southside Virginia. The Institute for Teaching through Technology & Innovative Practices (ITTIP), an outreach of Longwood's College of Education and Human Services that researches and develops technology-integrated strategies and models, works closely with the SVRTC and is its administrative agent. The SVRTC and the ITTIP are headquartered in South Boston.

The SVRTC Division Leadership Award was presented to Cumberland County Public Schools. Dr. James Thornton, superintendent of Cumberland County Public Schools, accepted the award that recognizes an SVRTC school division that advances technology in the educational setting. Cumberland County Public Schools also earned the Division Leadership Award in 2007.

The SVRTC Technology Leadership Awards went to Ralph Mulleins, director of technology for Cumberland County Public Schools, and Stephanie Carter, technology resource teacher for Mecklenburg Schools. The award recognizes an educator or community member that advances technology in the educational setting.

Gerard Robinson, secretary of education
Gerard Robinson, secretary of education

The SVRTC Technology ITRT (Instructional Technology Resource Teacher) Award was presented to Sharon Bolan, library media specialist at Central High School in Lunenburg County. The award recognizes an individual teacher that advances learning through integration of technology into the curriculum.

The SVRTC Technology Teacher Awards, presented to teachers who advance learning through the integration of technology into the curriculum, went to Lynn Barnes (Brunswick County), Rose Jennings (Charlotte County), Lisa Kohan (Colonial Heights), Martha Olmos (Cumberland County), W. Bryan Pittman (Dinwiddie County), Christie Adcock (Halifax County), Pamela Klein (Hopewell City), Anna Brownlee (Lunenburg County), Renee Brown (Martinsville City), Brenda Shobe (Mecklenburg County), Amelia Crouse (Nottoway County), Donna Stowe (Patrick County), Marjorie Finch (Prince Edward County), Polly Williamson (Prince George County), and Ernest Stokes (Sussex County).

The SVRTC Technology Support Awards, presented to technology support staff members who advance a school division's technology environment through providing crucial tech support, went to Bo Lynch (Amelia County), Brent Anderson (Brunswick County), John Lore (Cumberland County), Toni Wynn (Dinwiddie County), Jeffrey Clark (Halifax County), Crystal Kowalik (Hopewell City), Theodore Coleman (Lunenburg County), Hazel C. Duncan (Martinsville City), Pam Jackson (Mecklenburg County), Beverly Cogar (Nottoway County), Darrell B. Wilkerson Jr. (Pittsylvania County), Derek Bernier (Prince Edward County), and Timothy Mays (Sussex County).