916's Emily Thomas Named One of 20 to Watch

916's Emily Thomas Named One of 20 to Watch
Posted on 08/01/2023

Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District’s Technology Trainer, Emily Thomas, was named one of 20 to Watch by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for her work as an innovative educator creating transformational learning experiences for students.

Thomas was honored this summer in Philadelphia at the ISTE Leadership Awards Luncheon with other tech leaders from around the globe. ISTE recognizes 20 individuals who are up and coming and are already making a difference through their work. Winners have exemplified excellence through projects or artifacts that others can replicate. Here is a link with more information about this year's winners.

"Northeast Metro 916 celebrates Emily’s dedication, innovative spirit, and commitment to transforming education through technology innovation. This national award is a testament to her relentless pursuit of excellence and her positive impact on our students, colleagues, and the entire 916 community. This is a well-deserved accolade, and I look forward to witnessing Emily’s continued contributions as she inspires and shapes the future of education," said Dr. Val Rae Boe, Superintendent of Northeast Metro 916 ISD.

Emily Thomas is a technology integrator and trainer for Northeast Metro 916. She is a Google Certified Trainer/Coach and an ISTE Certified Educator. Her work creating an accessible STEAM mobile Makerspace that provides PK-post-high school transition students access to emergent educational tech is one of the many reasons she received this national honor.

About ISTE: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate innovation in education through intelligent technology. Our worldwide network believes in technology's potential to transform teaching and learning.

ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches, and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts ISTELive, one of the world’s most influential annual ed-tech events. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals, and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org.