AEA members win inaugural ACCESS awards

July 14, 2014 04:10 PM


The Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide (ACCESS) Distance Learning Program 2014 awards winners were recognized during the 2014 Alabama Educational Technology Conference. The ACCESS award was created to recognize the people who work to ensure the success of the ACCESS initiative program. This year is the inaugural presentation of the award. There are five key positions in which awards are available. They are administrator, teacher, counselor, facilitator and student. Rhonda Ballentine, math teacher at Boaz High School in Boaz, Ala., received the ACCESS teacher award. ACCESS Counselor of the year was awarded to Jana Bonds, and ACCESS facilitator of the year was awarded to Rachel Kilgo. Both Bonds and Kilgo are employed at Douglas High School in the Marshall County System. ACCESS Administrator of the year is Cordova High School principal Kathy Vinston and the ACCESS student of the year is Haley Dorn, a student at Auburn High School in Auburn City Schools. Award recipients must have demonstrated diligence and work that positively impacted teaching and learning through the ACCESS program. Award criteria also includes work that improves the quality of education in the state’s schools, reflects the mission and goals of the nominee’s school, and utilization of technology to advance education in the state. Nominations were submitted by the three ACCESS support centers at the University of Alabama, Troy University, and Madison City Board of Education. A panel selected the winners from those submissions. Launched in November 2004, ACCESS is a distance education initiative that provides opportunities that might not otherwise be available for students at local schools. Visit the state department of education website for more information on the ACCESS program.

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