Recognizing Area Educators for Leveraging Learning Technology
On Thursday night, May 26, one superstar Charlottesville-area teacher will be named CBIC Educator of the Year and take a $2,500 technology grant back to their classroom, once again made possible by the UVA Research Park. This year’s finalists are Crozet Elementary School teacher Betsy Agee, Monticello High School teacher Eric Bredder, and Adam Mulcahy from Western Albemarle High School.
The CBIC Educator of the Year award, co-sponsored by the UVA Vice President for Research, celebrates area educators who are not only innovators themselves but also nurture the spirit of innovation in their students. Last year’s recipient, Katina Dudley, is an educator in the Albemarle County Public School system at Monticello High School where she teaches AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology. She is also the Director of the Health and Medical Sciences Academy (HMSA, or the Academy), a unique experiment in curriculum integration. After visiting the University of Virginia’s Medical School, Ms. Dudley established the Academy in 2012 to provide students a foundation for post-secondary education or workforce readiness in certified health-related professions. The curriculum was designed to help students explore core content with technology through integrated projects, case studies, and focused learning experiences. More than 140 students are currently enrolled in the Academy.
The CBIC Awards recognize innovators for entrepreneurial pursuit (Entrepreneur of the Year), business maturation and growth (Business of the Year), new business breakthroughs (Startup of the Year), and local job creation (Top Job Creator of the Year). Additionally, CBIC recognizes the people representing the foundation of all of these awards, honoring local teachers (Educator of the Year), student entrepreneurs (Student Entrepreneur of the Year), and tireless volunteers who help enhance our region’s technology focus (Volunteer of the Year). Since 2003, CBIC has gifted more than $30,000 to area teachers to help further the use of technology in area classrooms.
In addition to presenting the Educator of the Year award, two UVA Research Park companies will be represented at the gala: PRA Health Sciences, the Top Job Creator of the Year nominee, and PhosImmune (now Agenus), the CBIC Startup of the Year nominee.
A limited number of tickets remain for the 2016 CBIC Awards Gala, which includes access to an expanded cocktail reception featuring startup companies on exhibit and a celebratory champagne ceremony. Until they last, tickets may be purchased online from the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council at cvilleinnovation.org/awards