By: Mike Rhodes—
Yorktown, IN—Holly Stachler, Director of eLearning and Curricular Innovation for Yorktown Community Schools has been named a winner in the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) Next Generation Leaders program. The program is in its second year. Winning educators were officially announced and recognized during CoSN’s annual conference in Chicago on April 4th.
Five winners were selected from 30 semi-finalists from across the United States, based on a national poll conducted by EdScoop that pulled in more than 11,000 votes.
“CoSN’s NextGeneration Leadership Program gives school districts the opportunity to formally recognize the accomplishments and potential of their future leaders,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. The program also aims to help “advance the skills of tomorrow’s education technology leaders.”
In order to qualify for the competitive program, candidates had to be currently employed by a K-12 school, district or education service agency; have worked five or fewer years as an education technology professional; and have demonstrated leadership in the schools and districts they serve. Additionally, candidates from, or serving, underrepresented schools or populations were given additional consideration.
Holly has played 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.
In addition to Holly, winners included: Cassandra Anderson, systems administrator for Janesville School District in Wisconsin; Zach Desjarlais, manager of instructional technology for Vancouver Public Schools in Washington; Seth Hamilton, technology integration coordinator for MSD Washington Township in Indiana; and Courtney Kofeldt, supervisor of educational technology for Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School.