VOTE for this year's most promising nominees.

School districts across the country nominated their top candidates to be recognized as the "NextGeneration Leaders in School Technology" – a program now in its second year, developed and co-sponsored by CoSN and EdScoop.

Review this year's finalists from the list below – then cast your vote for up to 10 candidates. Simply click the images accompanying each profile. Each vote will be confirmed with a "Thumbs Up" symbol.

To qualify, finalists had to be employed by a K-12 school/district or an education service agency; have no more than five working years as an education technology professional; and have demonstrated leadership in the schools/districts they serve. See full details here.

Voting ends at midnight, February 17, 2017.

Winners will be announced APRIL 4, 2017

The 2017 "NextGeneration Leaders" will be selected based on final vote tallies and will be officially announced on April 4, 2017 at CoSN's 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago. Winners will also be invited to attend the NextGeneration Leaders Boot Camp during the CoSN annual conference. See more at CoSN NextGeneration Leaders Program.

Cassandra Anderson Name
Systems Administrator Title
School District of Janesville School/District
Janesville, WI City/St

Cassandra Anderson has been recognized among her peers and supervisor as a champion of leadership within her department. She has been responsible for the coordination and completion of numerous projects during her time in the district, including reorganizing the productive capacity of the IT department, implementing reports used to support data-driven decision making, and consolidating informational resources available to district staff. She has been promoted twice within the three years she has been employed as an education technology professional. In all three positions held, she has demonstrated a knowledgeable, passionate and articulate approach to facing and overcoming challenges, leading day-to-day support and guiding the flow of ideas to improve how her department fits within the organization.

Michael Bottorff Name
Director of Technology Title
Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation School/District
Trafalgar, IN City/St

Michael Bottorff has been recognized for his work in creating a district-wide technology strategic plan. He is a frequent presenter at the Indiana Department of Education’s Summer of eLearning conference series. As a Google Certified Educator and a project management professional, he has led workshops on topics such as Google Apps for Education, digital content curation, large-scale procurement and technology governance. He has also facilitated sessions at the annual Indiana Connected Educators (ICE) conference and the Johnson County INvolvED tech conference. He also participates in local Project Management Institute (PMI) events and in the Hoosier Educational Computing Coordinators (HECC) annual conference. He was recently elected to his home school corporation board of trustees and has advised them on educational technology and curriculum planning issues in the past.

Chris Brown Name
Assistant Director of Schools for Information Services Title
Sumner County Schools School/District
Gallatin, TN City/St

Chris Brown has built a state-of-the art infrastructure that effectively enables 21st century learning. From creating instructor-led, device-agnostic learning environments to integrating resources like Google Apps for Education and Common Sense Media into classrooms, Brown and his team are positively transforming the learning landscape in Sumner County and his district, which serves 30,000 students. He has successfully overseen numerous initiatives, including the creation of a highly-resilient network at two district sites; increasing WAN connections at the district’s remaining 21 sites; deploying uniform Wi-Fi access to all the district’s buildings and schools and deploying a virtual server infrastructure that serves all of the district’s schools. Additionally, he has presented his district’s strategic technology vision to the community’s chamber of commerce and to other local groups.

Amy Buick Name
Math and Literature through Technology Teacher Title
Meriden Public Schools School/District
Meriden, CT City/St

Amy Buick continually demonstrates a commitment to leveraging technology to improve student outcomes and to sharing best practices throughout the district and state. She provides multiple opportunities for students at all levels to become creators of content, expanding their engagement and deepening their learning. One example is a Kindergarten book project where students used iPads to write, illustrate and narrate their own stories tied to science curriculum. As a member of the Connecticut Educators Computer Association, she presented at the 2014 and 2016 statewide conferences, providing practical tips on engaging students through digital storytelling and blended learning in the K-3 classroom. Within the district, she has demonstrated her leadership ability by serving on the district-wide technology committee.

Brian Casey Name
Director of Technology Title
Stevens Point Area Public School District School/District
Stevens Point, WI City/St

Brian Casey has contributed to multiple state and local IT initiatives, including serving on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Digital Learning Advisory Council since 2013, which provided input in drafting a digital learning plan for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. He serves as board member for WiscNet, which provides research and education networking services to public and private higher education, K-12 school districts, libraries, municipalities and hospitals throughout Wisconsin. He also serves on the board for Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders and the Wisconsin Chapter of CoSN. He has volunteered time contributing to the Wisconsin Technology Initiative, which provides professional development for teachers using technology for teaching. Additionally, he is a member of the Kiwanis International in Stevens Point, volunteering to help with local education based initiatives.

Lori Deen Name
Director of Technology Title
Petaluma City Schools School/District
Petaluma, CA City/St

Lori Deen has worked with schools and districts around the county and the state to assess infrastructure needs, develop and execute a 1:1 program plan and provide staff development to 400 teachers and 900 other staff. In five years, she transformed PCS into an environment where technology went from a "little used irritation" for teachers to an essential learning tool vital to student learning. Her strong collaboration skills allowed her to develop a professional development plan that provided personalized training through a system of trained, on-site tech mentors and "teachers on special assignment." Lori has presented at Sonoma County Office of Education, Google summits and at Cue conferences.

Zach Desjarlais Name
Manager of Instructional Technology Title
Vancouver Public Schools School/District
Vancouver, WA City/St

Zach Desjarlais is both an organizational and thought leader in the district. He leads a team of more than a dozen IT facilitators. His participation in a recent Learning Counsel event led to district recognition for our systemic leadership. He is currently working with Apple, Instructure, the Friday Institute, Learning Counsel and other organizations to build authentic partnerships to support the district's work. He co-led a successful district-wide implementation of Canvas and advocated for greater use of Google Apps and cloud-based productivity by students and teachers. He currently co-leads a Future Ready Administrators principal team to foster professional development and is working with the director of curriculum to define a blended learning framework to help implement digital content and services. As a former NSBA "20 to Watch" member put it, “Zach is one to watch.”

Joshua Gauthier Name
Technology Training Specialist Title
Unified School District of De Pere School/District
De Pere, WI City/St

Joshua Gauthier is passionate about edtech and serves in leadership roles in many organizations. He is one of the organizers and active participants in SITA (Summer Instructional Technology Academy), EdCamp-Green Bay, Tundra Tool Slam, Fireside PD and other professional development activities in his region. Additionally, he has presented at various conferences, including ISTE in Denver, Midwest Google Summit, SLATE and WEMTA in Wisconsin, TIES in Minneapolis and has been on the Cue Rock Star faculty, participating in their conference in Saugatuck, MI. He is a Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Trainer and has been instrumental in a district-wide Google Apps for Education implementation. He has an active presence on Twitter and other social media, interacting regularly with peers and others around the world.

Ashley Glass-Brown Name
CTE Teacher & Innovative Teacher Leader Title
Springdale Public Schools School/District
Springdale, AR City/St

Ashley Glass-Brown came to education after spending almost 10 years in the corporate world as a program director. For the past three years, she has served as an Innovative Teacher Leader and CTE Department chair. She has been asked to present on various topics for eMINTS Innovation Institute and HSTI. Her classroom is a model for the district on integrating educational technology for blended classrooms. She has started a support group for teen parents and soon-to-be teen parents, partnering with local organizations to help these students live on their own by their 20th birthday with education, technical and vocational training and certifications to successfully support their families. She also works with Arkansas Hard at Work Kids, a nonprofit trying to enhance both the academic and athletic success of student-athletes.

Nathan Grundahl Name
Technology Integrator Title
Sun Prairie Area School District School/District
Sun Prairie, WI City/St

Nathan Grundahl has served as a valuable member of several district leadership teams. As part of the Digital Media Plan Committee, Nate assisted in drafting the 2014-2016 plan, including the implementation of 1:1 laptops, teacher mobile devices, personal learning and maker spaces. On the Learning Management System Adoption and Implementation teams, Nate facilitated the adoption of, and now co-leads the implementation of, a new district LMS. Nate understands the linkage between technology and curriculum. He serves on the district's curriculum leadership teams and is assisting in transforming our school libraries to digital media centers. He also shares his work with peers around the country, having presented at edtech conferences in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Florida and has attended the CoSN Conference and the CTO Clinic.

Seth Hamilton Name
Technology Integration Coordinator Title
MSD Washington Township School/District
Indianapolis, IN City/St

Seth Hamilton is innovative and forward thinking and has proven himself as a leader by co-developing and implementing the Tech2Teach initiative. Teachers can apply and earn their way to a 1:1 classroom through coaching and increasing their understanding of how blended learning supports 1:1 learning. Seth also created online coding opportunities for students and staff, has lent support for STEM programs and introduced robotics. He has also been involved with community groups, facilitating sessions for the Indiana Auctioneer Association in developing an online presence. Seth has presented at several conferences in the IDOE Summer of eLearning series and was selected to present at the 2017 SITE Conference in Austin, Texas. Seth’s efforts were recognized with an Outstanding Achievement and Technology Support award for MSD Washington Township.

Eva Harvell Name
Director of Information Systems Title
Pascagoula-Gautier School District School/District
Pascagoula, MS City/St

Eva Harvell has been an active member of the Mississippi Educational Computing Association since 2008. She was selected for the MECA board in 2012 and currently serves as president, giving her the opportunity to work with districts and educators on technology integration throughout Mississippi. She enjoys presenting at regional and national conferences and says working with K-12 educators on technology integration is her favorite part of her job. She was recognized as Tech & Learning 2013 Leader of the Year and MECA 2009 Teacher of the Year. She is a lifetime Girl Scout and serves as a Girl Scout volunteer and assistant leader.

Kristina Holzweiss Name
Library Media Specialist Title
Bay Shore School District School/District
Bay Shore, NY City/St

Kristina Holzweiss earned the title "Scholastic Librarian of the Year" for 2015 as a result of her continual creativity and initiative to bring together students, teachers and staff in a community atmosphere of learning. She has a strong, clear vision for collaborating effectively with teachers on technology-based research initiatives. She successfully combined the use of Chromebook technology, e-books and online periodicals with traditional research methods to give students a true 21st century learning experience anchored in both Common Core standards and curricular initiatives. She created stations throughout the library where students are invited to exercise their investigative intellect on activities ranging from arts and crafts to movie making to robotics. Her efforts to promote hands-on learning have allowed students of all ability levels to apply higher-level critical thinking skills.

Amanda Ingalls Name
Library Media Specialist Title
Stockbridge Valley Central School School/District
Munnsville, NY City/St

Amanda Ingalls is a forward thinker whose knowledge and creative purpose improves student skills using educational technology. She has served on the district technology committee since 2013, helping to develop a K-12 instructional technology vision aligned with ISTE, CCLS, and CSTA standards and students’ needs. Her leadership was critical in the rollout and use of the Google suite in our school. She regularly presents at regional conferences, e.g. this year’s ECET2, where she presented on the makerspace mindset. She was named an ALA Emerging Leader in 2015 for her work creating a website of government documents for a K-12 population. An active member of the ALA, AASL and NYLA, peers say Amanda’s professional attitude, energy, knowledge of emerging technology, devotion to her craft and commitment to professional development are unparalleled.

Corey Jeffers Name
Instructional Technology Integrator Title
Oshkosh Area School District School/District
Oshkosh, WI City/St

Corey Jeffers has been instrumental in helping Oshkosh – until recently, a district not known for its innovation – transform into one now seen as an innovative place to teach and learn, thanks to a bold "Learning Without Limits" vision set in place about six years ago. Corey has played a key role in this rise, according to peers, by helping teachers, for instance, get a Chromebook integration off the ground. He is recognized by his peers as an active and inquisitive professional and an upcoming leader in this state.

Courtney Kofeldt Name
Supervisor of Educational Technology Title
PA Leadership Charter School School/District
West Chester, PA City/St

Courtney Kofeldt’s education and technology background bring a unique vision to PA Leadership Charter School – a K-12 cyber and blended learning environment – and its programs. She has helped PALCS jump into social media, adopt Google Apps for Education and add another learning management system, Canvas, to supplement Moodle. She helped spearhead the iPALCS (iPad) program, which put devices into the hands of K-5 and 9th grade students. Additionally she has presented at many conferences, e.g. iNacol, PETE and C and K12 Online. She is a Nearpod PioNear, Google Certified Educator (Level 2), Alpha Squirrel, Symbaloo Certified and a Tackk Advocate. She is known for being extremely passionate and inspired by what technology can do for education.

Eden Konja Name
Director of Information and Academic Technology Title
Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy School/District
Pontiac, MI City/St

Eden Konja began his IT career as an intern technician, then as a desktop support specialist at a community college before making an impact at this private K-12 Catholic school as Director of Information and Academic Technology. He continues to demonstrate his leadership and desire to share his knowledge in the community. For instance, he presented “Social Media – Insights into Branding the Digital You” at Oakland Community College during their 2016 Leadership Summit, highlighting the impact of students’ digital footprint. He has also mentored a team of students in the Cyber Patriot competition, fostering their cybersecurity skills by getting students to work on real-world solutions. He has also taught adult education classes in his community to help people better understand the use of technology.

Anne Larson Name
Digital Learning Manager Title
Sun Prairie Area School District School/District
Sun Prairie, WI City/St

Anne Larson is a strong advocate for the digital classroom. She has worked with experts on projects ranging from games-based learning to adaptive video learning while also working to move teachers up the SAMR ladder. She is currently helping implement the district Digital Media and Learning Plan, involving 1:1 laptops, teacher mobile devices, personal learning and maker spaces. She also serves on Learning Management System Adoption and Implementation teams, supporting the adoption of a new district LMS and co-leading its implementation. Her training, and experience as a teacher, give her the perspective needed to serve and lead. Additionally, she has attended the CoSN Conference, Teaming for Transformation, the CTO Clinic, and has presented at various conferences in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida and is a member of the ISTE Learning Spaces PLN Communications Team.

Nathan Levin Name
Teacher of Advance Placement Computer Science Title
Brooklyn Technical High School School/District
Brooklyn, NY City/St

Nathan Levin has been teaching at Brooklyn Technical High School for just one-and-a-half years, but has already had a transformative impact on the entire school population of 5,700 students. Traditionally, the school taught computer science to 130 students per junior and senior class. With Nathan's help, BTHS is now rolling out a comprehensive computer science program to all 1,500 sophomore students. Nathan's content knowledge and energy continue to inspire the school’s students and staff and he is respected by everyone that has worked with him, say his peers. He is regularly depended upon to teach new content and help design projects and exploration based experiential learning. Nathan is currently participating in a facilitative leadership professional development program through the Department of Education.

Hatton Littman Name
Director of Technology and Communications Title
Missoula County Public Schools School/District
Missoula, MT City/St

Hatton Littman brings a well-rounded background in education, technology, and media to her role as Director of Technology and Communications for MCPS. In that role she led efforts to pass the state's largest school bond measure in history. She built the first school-owned fiber network in the state. She has operated a private high school incorporating distance learning and experiential education; created nonprofits to activate systemic change in inner-city Denver public schools; served on task forces advising public school systems in Colorado and Montana; and worked as an adjunct faculty at colleges in Boston and Colorado. She is a founding member of the Missoula chapter of ChickTech, which engages women and girls in opportunities to advance education and careers in technology, and is active in numerous other student-support groups.

Dr. Wendy Loewenstein Name
Omaha Virtual School Director Title
Omaha Virtual School - Omaha Public Schools School/District
Omaha, NE City/St

Wendy Loewenstein was instrumental in starting the first K-8 virtual school in the state of Nebraska. Through her visionary leadership, she has hired staff, recruited students and developed a comprehensive instructional program that meets the needs of diverse students. She has worked in several local school districts in various teaching and leadership roles. In addition, she has taught pre-service teachers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Currently, she serves on the Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) board.

Colin Miller Name
District Technology Coordinator Title
Taos Academy Charter School School/District
Taos, NM City/St

Colin Miller is a vibrant, hardworking new tech coordinator who demonstrates exceptional commitment to K-12 educational technology and to increasing his personal skill and aptitude for leading technology integration. He is continually researching and implementing new technology opportunities to our students and staff, while also keeping the school’s networks highly functional and available for the learning in a blended/online instructional setting. He has begun presenting at the CoSN conference as well as in New Mexico on the importance of collaboration in administration, technology and instruction for implementing blended/online learning. Colin is the CIO for New Mexico ISTE chapter and continues to support other educational institutions' transition to digital learning. He has the work ethic and strong conviction needed as a rising leader, while also understanding the importance of preparing students for rapidly changing digital age.

Nicholas Schiner Name
Team Leader, Office of Innovative Learning Projects Title
Baltimore County Public Schools School/District
Towson, MD City/St

Nicholas Schiner is not only a visible leader in Baltimore County Public Schools around maker learning but also a passionate promoter. His enthusiasm for maker learning is contagious, say his peers. He understands the importance of equity in a large district that serves students from various economic backgrounds and from more than 100 countries. He led the efforts in Baltimore County Public Schools to build a new program from the ground up, BCPS Makes – including a Mobile Innovation Lab, a re-purposed school bus which will travel to schools to expose students to important technologies that they might use in future careers. His leadership goes beyond the district. He has facilitated sessions at local and national conferences including Common Ground MD and FETC.

Tony Schlorff Name
Director of Innovation and Technology Title
Community Consolidated District 93 School/District
Bloomingdale, IL City/St

Tony Schlorff is a forward-thinking professional who challenges district staff to think in new and different ways about instructional technology and helps bring those ideas to the classroom. He is responsible for the district’s recognition as an Apple Distinguished Program since 2014. He created a district-wide "Walk Through Tool" with members of the District's Educational Technology Committee that assesses the level of technology integration in classrooms (along the SAMR continuum) and which aids in next-step planning. He created and has maintained a multiple-week summer Technology Academy since 2013 that has been attended by more than 700 individuals, with hundreds of courses from which staff can choose. The academy is now attracting teachers from neighboring districts and parochial schools. He has presented at both CoSN and ISTE national conferences.

Holly Stachler Name
Director of eLearning and Curricular Innovation Title
Yorktown Community Schools School/District
Yorktown, IN City/St

Holly Stachler plays a key role on the superintendent’s cabinet where she leads technology, curriculum, public relations and areas of finance. This gives her a unique perspective to ensure that technology is ingrained in all processes and instructional areas as a natural part of the district’s culture. Since moving from the classroom to become director of eLearning and curricular innovation, she has taken on numerous leadership responsibilities in the state, serving as regional leader for the IDOE Coaches Collaborative and as a resource for other IDOE eLearning efforts. She has presented at HECC, ICE, FETC, ISBA and several Summer of eLearning Conferences, and led efforts at a 2016 tech professional development conference for educational leaders from Indiana and surrounding states to foster cross-state collaboration.

Amy Sterckx Name
Technology Integrator Title
Green Bay Area Public Schools School/District
Green Bay, WI City/St

Amy Sterckx is a former teacher who has served as technology integrator for the past four years, instructing educators on the use of interactive technologies in the classroom. She is a SMART Certified Educator Trainer and a member of SMART Exemplary Educators. She is also a BrainPOP Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator and a STAR Discovery Educator. For the past three years, she led three school-based teams implementing interactive technologies in partnership with Wisconsin Technology Initiative. She serves on the district’s Technology Resources Coordination Team and is a member of the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association, CoSN and ISTE. She has presented at local, statewide and national conferences and has been recognized for her work by the Association of American Educators, Teaching Today Wisconsin, Discovery Education and other publications.

Tracey Waid Name
Lead Instructional Technology Coach Title
Mooresville Graded School District School/District
Mooresville, NC City/St

Tracey Waid creates and leads school, district and national professional development programs about teaching and learning with technology. She believes it is essential for educators to collaborate and share best practices to “help ALL students succeed.” She has worked with school districts in Texas, New York, South Carolina and Missouri to help successfully implement digital learning programs. She is a member of the N.C. Digital Leader Coaching Network, is Google Certified Level 2 and is an Apple Certified Educator. She has presented at ISTE, NCTIES, CoSN Teaming for Transformation 3 and other conferences. Using a NCTIES grant, she is implementing student-led technology teams to foster community outreach events that teach technology skills to members of the community.

Elizabeth Wargo Name
Educational Technology Coordinator Title
Zurich International School School/District
Zurich, Switzerland City/St

Elizabeth Wargo is an astute and experienced educator whose leadership, knowledge and innovation inspire her peers and colleagues. She has developed and sustained research-driven educational technology for her school and larger communities. She has been directly responsible for implementing, and the ongoing review of, the school’s 1:1 laptop program and has developed a professional learning community where members explore and learn from and with each other. She embraces change with a strategic vision and passion for constantly learning and sharing her experiences with others. She actively participates in local, regional and international conferences. Her efforts have been recognized by educational organizations (e.g. EARCOS, ECIS, SGIS) and tech companies (e.g. Apple, Microsoft, Google) for her ability to shape transformational learning experiences with technology.

J. Todd Watkins Name
Director of Technology and Innovation Title
Eufaula City Schools School/District
Eufaula, AL City/St

J. Todd Watkins brings a diverse set of experiences to his current role as director of technology and broader community involvement. A former Army senior training and development analyst and instructor, he worked as a public education teacher for 12 years as well as an education software consultant. He has served as a coordinator of digital learning, a director of community education and a coordinator of professional development at Piedmont City Schools. He is a founding member of the 87 Foundation, which provides scholarships opportunities to rural high school graduates. He is a former executive member of Alabama Community Education Committee and a former member of CoSN’s Student Data Security Committee and its Small School District Committee.

Amanda Wilkerson Name
Technology Coordinator Title
Central Nine Career Center School/District
Greenwood, IN City/St

Amanda Wilkerson is regarded as an extremely valuable team member of this career/technical school, as a promising leader and a strong female role model to the school’s students. In addition to running the entire technology department, she works hard to explore new areas of technology and find ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. She also takes the time to work with each staff member. She has served as a judge in an Army eCyberMissions educational outreach program and has won a number of professional awards, including the You Make a Difference Award as a leader of change in the Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson (Indiana) school district. She is a member of ISTE, CoSN, and HECC and is currently pursuing phase 2 of the CoSN CETL certification program.