Among those being recognized today are Cordova High School Principal Kathy Vintson, who was named the ACCESS Administrator of the Year.
The recipients of the inaugural ACCESS awards will be recognized and presented with their awards during the 2014 Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC) held from today through Thursday at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham.
The ACCESS Awards recognition program was created as a way to recognize the people in the five key positions who work to ensure ACCESS is a success.
The ACCESS Awards recipients are:
•Administrator of the Year — Kathy Vintson, principal, Cordova High School, Walker County Schools
•Teacher of the Year — Rhonda Ballentine, math teacher, Boaz High School, Boaz City Schools
•Counselor of the Year — Janna Bonds, counselor, Douglas High School, Marshall County Schools
•Facilitator of the Year — Rachel Kilgo, Douglas High School, Marshall County Schools
•Student of the Year — Haley Dorn, Auburn High School, Auburn City
Among the criteria for the awards are work and diligence that had a positive impact on teaching and learning using the ACCESS program; improvement of the quality of education in Alabama’s schools; work that reflects the mission and goals of the nominee’s school; and utilization of technology to advance education in Alabama.
The winners were selected by a panel from nominations sent in by the three ACCESS Support Centers at the University of Alabama, Troy University and the Madison City Board of Education.
ACCESS was launched on Nov. 1, 2004.
The distance education initiative offers opportunities for students at their local community schools that would have otherwise not been possible by providing a blended learning model that provides resources, connectivity, and professional development.