SPOKANE PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER O’HALLORAN
Receives NCCE Outstanding Technology Educator Award

March 23, 2017 – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Emily O’Halloran, Science and Technology specialist, was recently honored with the NCCE 2017 Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year Award. The NCCE 2017 Technology Educator award is provided by Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE), a national educational technology professional development organization and Troxell Communications. While attending the largest educational technology conference in Portland, O’Halloran was honored for her work with students in the after school robotics program at Linwood Elementary and her leadership within the district.

“Emily is an outstanding Science and Technology specialist because through her rigorous and well planned lessons, student engagement is high! Emily integrates technology flawlessly into science and makes learning fun! When coaching Lego Robotics as part of our extracurricular program, she helps students’ problem solve complex issues and develops students’ ability for inquiry and collaboration.” said Gina Naccarato-Keele, Principal for Lindwood Elementary. “Our Lego teams, with Mrs. O'Halloran's guidance, have developed products that will help solve real-life problems. Their inventions have been so successful that both the Binder Pad and Eco Compactor have patents pending!” She added. “Emily is on the technology committee and leads professional development around technology! She is a deserving recipient of this award,” exclaimed Naccarato-Keele.

NCCE Executive Director Heidi Rogers remembers seeing O’Halloran and her students on a return flight from Legoland and an international robotics tournament. “Emily has a growth mindset and isn’t afraid to step out with her students and learn alongside them. She provides life changing opportunities for all her students and truly makes a difference in their lives,” states Rogers. “She is well deserving of this award because she invests in keeping up-to-date with technology and turns around and implements it in her classroom in real time,” she added.

OHalloran Educator 2017

Criteria for Technology Educator of the Year:

Be a current member of NCCE

  • Have significantly influenced staff and/or student performance using computers and related technologies in education
  • Have worked beyond his or her job description to improve the effectiveness of technology use in education
  • Have achieved integration of technology into the curriculum well beyond that assumed in his or her job description
  • Have expanded his or her professional expertise by participating in workshops, seminars, conferences, and other professional development opportunities

O’Halloran joins a prestigious group of Technology Educators in the Northwest, including IT Directors, Superintendents, ESD Technology Directors and Principals.