New York

Krista Albrecht

Position: Instructional Technology Specialist

School: James H. Boyd Intermediate School

School District: Elwood School District

City, State: Huntington, New York

About the Nominee: Krista Albrecht was nominated by her principal, Denise Toscano. Ms. Albrecht's vision for technology in the classroom is to break down classroom walls and give the students access to information outside the textbook and physical constraints of traditional schooling. She is well informed of the latest research on instructional technology strategies to enhance curriculum and depth of student learning. She provides highly effective demonstrations in the classroom, which increases student engagement. Ms. Albrecht has played a vital role in implementing the rollout of the Chrome Book 1:1 initiative at the Elwood Middle School and John Glenn High School.

On a daily basis, Ms. Albrecht collaborates with teachers in grades K-12 to enhance lessons that utilize technology. She coordinated the district-wide “Hour of Code” incentive, which reached even primary-level students. At the high school level, she implemented an online learning portal for students to gain access to course work not offered by the district. Last year, she worked with the Director of Technology in creating a district-wide Maker Faire to enhance engineering and STEM activities for students. On her school website, she offers resources and support to students and parents. She helps teachers bridge communication with parents regarding curriculum and student engagement through software subscriptions such as Voicethread and Seesaw.

Ms. Albrecht demonstrates leadership abilities in that she provides real-time professional development for teachers and staff. Her work with vendors to bring in new software initiatives is an asset to the district. Due to her strong working knowledge in technology, she has assisted teachers in grant writing to continue to bring technology funds to the district. Designing after school and summer session courses, such as Google Camps and GSuite for teachers at all levels of proficiency, shows her commitment to professionally developing teachers. Technology truly has the ability to reach all students as learners and having such a dedicated, innovative instructional technology specialist is the definition of a LifeChanger!

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Patty Buononato

Position: Fifth/Sixth Grade Skills Teacher

School: Cornwall Central Middle School

School District: Cornwall Central School District

City, State: Cornwall, New York

About the Nominee: Patty Buononato, also known as "Mrs. B," is a LifeChanger because she's taught hundreds of students everything there is to know about computers. She teaches them coding, digital storytelling, graphic arts, desktop publishing, etc. She also teaches her students how to use the entire Microsoft suite, as well as many other programs to help them with school. Her nominator, a high school student who wishes to remain anonymous, says that they use so many tools Mrs. B taught them in middle school. She makes students laugh, lets them be themselves and lets them ask as many questions as they want. Another reason Mrs. B is a LifeChanger is her positive attitude. She's always happy. You can tell she enjoys what she's doing, and it makes a huge difference in class. She still keeps in touch with past students and is proud of them. Her nominator wants to attend college for coding and robotics. If Mrs. B hadn't introduced it to them in middle school, they might never have known what they wanted to be when they grew up.

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Matthitya Joseph

Position: Seventh Grade ELA Teacher

School: Village Academy

School District: New York City Department of Education - District 27

City, State: Far Rockaway, New York

About the Nominee: Matthiya Joseph was nominated by a colleague, Dorothy Remy. Ms. Joseph is always in a good mood. She is gentle and always has advice or a word of comfort. She is easy to talk to, genuine and honest.

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Christina Dessources

Position: Sixth Grade Math Teacher

School: Village Academy

School District: New York City Department of Education - District 27

City, State: Far Rockaway, New York

About the Nominee: Christina Dessources was nominated by a colleague, Darline Michel. Ms. Dessources goes out of her way to assist her students and the sixth grade math team. She leads the math meetings and never complains. Ms. Dessources is always pleasant and willing to go the extra mile. She is an awesome, super teacher!

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Michelle Perrone

Position: Principal's Secretary

School: Village Academy

School District: New York City Department of Education - District 27

City, State: Far Rockaway, New York

About the Nominee: Michelle Perrone was nominated by a colleague, Chad Allegra. Mr. Allegra, who is a first year teacher at Village Academy, states that Ms. Perrone has been extremely helpful with any questions he has. She will always take the time to answer a question or offer her help in any way she can. She helped make Mr. Allegra's transition into teaching much easier by always being available to talk to!

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