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Oakview's Melissa Kempski honored with Make IT Happen award

Oakview's Melissa Kempski

Another year, another wonderful award for Melissa Kempski.

The Oakview technology/media specialist won the Make IT Happen award from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She will receive the award at the MAME (Michigan Association for Media in Education) conference on November 16 in Lansing.

During the last school year, Kempski was named a PBS Digital Innovator.

“Though Mrs. Kempski is new to our building, she brings an energy for technology and ignites a passion for implementation into our curriculum,” Oakview principal Sarah Manzo said. “Her love for reading and children creates an environment for students to succeed.”

An internationally recognized program, the Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. The award began in 1995 and more than 600 international educators have received it since.

The award’s criteria is for educators who:

  • Apply available technology now.
  • Move forward and don't look back.
  • See students as real people.
  • Teach through relationships, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing.
  • Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process.
  • Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration.
  • Expect success.
  • Motivate through awareness and access to information.

For more information on the award, visit the website: https://www.iste.org/membership/awards/making-it-happen-award

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