IRA Award for Technology and Reading

The IRA Award for Technology and Reading honors educators in grades K–12 who are making an outstanding and innovative contribution to the use of technology in reading education.

There will be one grand-prize winner, seven U.S. regional winners, one Canadian, and one international winner. All entrants must be educators who work directly with students ages 5–18 for all or part of the working day.

Submission deadline: extended until January 15, 2015

IRA Award for Technology and Reading Application
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Award Recipients

Stephanie Laird

Stephanie Laird is an elementary teacher and currently teaches Title I at Mitchellville Elementary, a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School, in the Southeast Polk District. Her school is a 1:1 (one-to-one) technology building with each student having a laptop or iPad available throughout the day. She has a Masters of Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University. When not in the classroom, she can be found writing about technology integration on her blog, authoring professional resource books and Reading Today Online posts, collaborating with her personal learning network (PLN) through social media, creating lessons for ReadWriteThink, and presenting at state and regional education conferences.

Regional Winners

Great Lakes – Bonnie Hoffman
International – Ah-Young Song
West – Amy Page
Grand prize winner
Stephanie Thompson

Regional winners
East – Lauren Bakian
Southeast – Monica Prather
West – Peter Count
Grand prize winner
Malea Ellison

Regional winners
Plains – Sheila K. Berenson
Southeast – Meagan Lynn England
Grand prize winner
Eric Claravall

Regional winners
East – Rosalia Carraba, Sheila Herr, and Kristin Krypell
Plains – Brandi Leggett
Southwest – Amy Cantrell
Grand prize winner
Travis Macy

Regional winners
Great Lakes – Kerry Carrico
East – Mary Bauer, Mary Moran, and Suzanne Valenza
Plains – Clayton Schrader
Southeast – Patricia Hooker
Southwest – Amy Cantrell
West – Isabel M. Lee
International – Becky Dickson
Grand prize winner
Kelly Killorn

Regional winners
Tiffany-Amber Dorris
Tracy Tarasiuk
Abbigail Yellman with Kristie Carney
Kate Kniss and Andrea Hayden
Cullen Weeden
Steve Guadarrama
Grand prize winner
Carol I. Greig

Regional winners
Lori McEntee and Julia Fones
Michelle Tanner
Tiia Kunnapas
Gretchen Storey
Steve Guadarrama
Karen Kessel
Stephanie St. John
Grand prize winner
Larry Ferlazzo

Regional winners
Kathy Cassidy
Rachael Ogbin
Janette C. Stubbs
Eric Benson
Sara R. Van Abel
Jo Ann Merritt
Amy Cantrell
Eric Langhorst
Helena Marie Stevens
Grand prize winner
Andrew Schofield

Regional winners
Gloria Antifaiff
Mary Gerber
Jennifer Jensen
Karen Parker
Tabatha Otto
Jennie M. Warmouth
Linda Wells
Grand prize winners
Joan Zaremba
Scott Rhoades
Thomas Dzicek
Carla Kennedy

Regional winners
Kathy Cassidy
Marsha Goren
Monica Edinger
Ron Purtlebaugh
Barbara Wright
Carlinda Rex
Margriet Ruurs
Susan M. Rogers
Jon B. Van Wagoner
Grand prize winner
Deborah B. Wasylik

Regional winners
Daniel Mills
Gale Tidwell
Gloria Tolbert
Mary Glendening
Katherine Nell McNeil
Karen Eini
Jill Nagrodsky
Grand prize winner
Denise Zacherl

Regional winners
Nardaya Dipchand
Mary Blanchard
Suzanne L. Cottrell
Pamela L. Jimison
Cindy M. Morden
Paula Rogers
Marianne Rossi
Grand prize winners
Patricia Taverna and Terry Hongell

Regional winners
Nardaya Dipchand
Danielle Armstrong
John M. Cowger
Jenni Keith
Maggie Samudio
Mona E. Grib
Patricia Hellman-Reid
Grand prize winner
Irene Huschak

Regional winners
Gloria Antifaiff
Caryl M. Jones
Rebecca Kelly
Kristi Miller
Anne Wall
Grand prize winner
Jay C. Stailey

Regional winners
Gloria Antifaiff
Mirja Ollila
Beth Bouchard
Susan Silverman
Jennifer Rosenboom
Connie Reimann
Elizabeth Rohloff
Patricia Williams
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