Six Wenatchee School District educators, 2 students and 1 robotics team were nominated for a Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA) Innovator Award. GWATA will recognize business and education innovators from North Central Washington during the 18th Annual Innovator Awards Luncheon on September 26. The following Wenatchee School District teacher and student nominees were nominated by the community for their innovation and accomplishments in education. For a full list of business and education nominees visit gwata.org.
All of the nominees will be reviewed by a panel of community judges who select the top finalists and winner of each category. The winner in each category will be announced live at the 18th Annual Luncheon on September 26 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Tickets for both events are available for the public to purchase at gwata.org.
STEM EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes educators who are pursuing innovative approaches to learning through STEM experiences. The recipient will demonstrate a passion for STEM education, and will be seen by their peers and community as an advocate for promoting STEM pathways for students.
Wenatchee School District 2018 STEM Educator of the Year nominees include:
● Dale Blair, Wenatchee High School
● Sheena Zacherle, WestSide High School
● Brigitte Wiegand, Foothills Middle School
● Sally Knipfer, Pioneer Middle School
● Aaron Hansen, Foothills Middle School
● Ray Birks, Wenatchee School District
FUTURE TECHNOLOGY LEADER OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes K-12 students for innovative projects in technology. The recipient has led the project or participated in a hands-on, experiential manner in an innovative, unique technology project. The recipient will demonstrate potential success through leadership, learning, and technology skills.
Wenatchee School District 2018 Future Technology Leader of the Year nominees from include:
● Natalie Valdez, Wenatchee High School
● Brayden Brown, Wenatchee High School
● Team FBI (Female Bot Intelligence) VEX Robotics Team, including: Miranda Mayak, Lucia Musacchi, Taylor Reyes, Asanatou Ceesay, and Annaliese Gordon; Foothills Middle School