The Innovation Award: This award goes to a staff member who consistently provides meaningful technology integration and transformative practices to promote student engagement
June 2016: Stacey Tumminello
Mrs. Tumminello is the June recipient for the Innovation Award. This year she pilotted Chromebooks with her grade 4 students. She consistently incorporates exciting technology tools to engage students, enhance instruction, and promote 21st Century skills. She is an advocate for professional development and readily embraces new ideas and opportunities to learn. Mrs. Tuminello is an excellent educator and the 'Ville is proud to have you on our team. Thank you for all you do!
May 2016: Kelly Taguer
The May recipient for the Innovation Award is Kelly Taguer. Mrs. Taguer is an innovative and inspiring educator. She enthusiastically pursues opportunities to implement meaningful technology resources for students. Through her dedication, she continues to be an advocate for students by promoting technology rich strategies in the classroom. The "Ville is fortunate to have outstanding teachers, like Mrs. Taguer, supporting and encouraging our students! Thank you for all you do!
April 2016: Jessica LaMotta
Ms. Lamotta is the April 2016 recipient of the Innovation Award. She consistently incorporates technology based projects to help students make meaningful connections with the past and bring history to life. Each year, her students create innovative and engaging projects using a variety of media such as blogs, videos, and music. Through the use of technology, Ms. LaMotta's students design creative and exciting projects to share their understanding of key historical concepts, figures, and periods. Ms. LaMotta is also a National Honor Society advisor and an asset to her students and the 'Ville! Thank you for all you do!
March 2016: Stephen Stilianos
Mr. Stilianos is the March 2016 recipient of the Innovation Award. He has demonstrated a committment to integrating technology to help science come to life for his students using video. He creates lab tutorials and posts instructional resources to help his students connect with content including supplemental e-text books. Mr. Stilianos consistently integrates technology to help students succeed. Thank you for all you do! The 'Ville appreciates you!
February 2016: Elissa Malespina
Mrs. Malespina is the February 2016 recipient of the Innovation Award. As a new member of the Somerville Middle School team, Mrs. Malespina has shown tremendous passion for learning and collaboration. She redesigned the Media Center and has implemented a number of student centered learning experiences, including 3D printing and makerspace activities. She is eager to share professional resources, contacts, and ideas to help advance teaching and learning throughout the District. Elissa, a true life long learner, is a member of a number of professional organizations including the K-8 Technology Committee, the NJASL School Library Program, and serves as the ISTE Library PD Chair. Thank you, Mrs. Malespina, for the many innovative learning opportunities you have brought to the 'Ville! We appreciate all you do!
January 2016: Lindsay Frevert
Ms. Frevert is the January 2016 recipient of the Innovation Award. She is an advocate for her students, colleagues, and professional development. She is passionate about ensuring that students have meaningful technology experiences in the classroom. Lindsay is enthusiastic and committed to sharing professional development resources and best practices. She is actively involved in many committees and programs including this year's K-8 Technology Committee. Ms. Frevert provides valuable insight and feedback to help make technology experiences better and the 'Ville continues to get better as a result! Thank you for all you do!
December 2015: Catherine Ambos
Mrs. Ambos is the December 2015 recipient for the Innovation Award. She brings Science to life in her classroom using modeling, technology, and hands on experimentation. Mrs. Ambos is a member of the K-8 Technology Committee and many professional organizations including the National Association of Biology Teachers. She readily embraces new ideas and opportunities to challenge herself and her students. Catherine truly is a lifelong learner and an exceptional role model for students. Mrs. Ambos's knowledge, talent, and passion for science are just a few of the many qualitites that make her an outstanding educator. The 'Ville is proud to have you on our team! Thank you for all you do, Mrs. Ambos!
November 2015: Aida Wahba
Mrs. Wahba is an innovative and inspiring educator. She ethusiastically pursues opportunities to implement meaningful technology resources. Through her dedication and positive disposition, she continues to be an advocate for students by promoting technology rich strategies in the classroom. She served on the 2014-15 SHS Technology Committee and remains an active member by sharing ideas and working to achieve solutions. The "Ville is fortunate to have outstanding teachers, like Mrs. Wahba, supporting and encouraging our students! Thank you for all you do!
October 2015: Charlene Tackvic
Mrs. Tackvic proposed the implementation of a new Coding class at VDV after a very successful Hour of Code event, last December. This year, Mrs. Tackvic launched the very first Coding program for Somerville students in grades K-5. Her innovative spirit and devotion to the new program provided her students with opportunities to problem solve. Mrs. Tackvic’s dedication is evident in everything she does, as she displays leadership in Professional Development and is always willing to go above and beyond to assist staff and students experience learning through technology. Mrs. Tackvic is an outstanding educator and innovator and the ‘Ville continues to get better as a result of her efforts!