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Top 10 Innovative School District Tech Director

By Natalie Carrignan And Tricia George

Natalie Carrignan

7. Natalie Carrignan, Director of Technology, Westport Public Schools

Natalie Carrignan has been the Director of Technology for the Westport Public Schools since 2006. In addition to managing the technology department, she is in charge overseeing the information and technology literacy (ITL) curriculum and department, which is staffed by their library media specialists and technology teachers. Natalie is also the district testing coordinator. Natalie began her career in Stratford, CT in 1992 as a fifth/sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher. She transferred to second grade two years later and fell in love with that age group and curriculum. She was part of the district curriculum committees and participated in specialized reading and writing training within the district. In 1995 there was a national movement to connect every school to the internet (via dial-up) entitled Connect ‘95. Natalie volunteered to help the library media specialist set up and figure out the Internet-enabled computer. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master in Teaching degree from Sacred Heart University, and a Sixth-Year Certificate in Administration from Sacred Heart. Natalie furthered her education in the technology field and became a certified Novell instructor (CNI) and a certified Microsoft trainer (MCT). Natalie holds several technical certifications including A+, Network +, LCS, CNA, and MCSE. Since joining Westport in 2006 Natalie has been part of the leadership team on many levels and involved in supporting the integration of technology into teaching and learning throughout all of the curricula. She feels lucky to have been able to present at state and national conferences as well as to her fellow Westport colleagues.

8. Tricia George, Executive Director of Technology and Information Services, North Clackamas Schools

Tricia George

Tricia witnessed the powerful impact that technology can have on students as an elementary school teacher, sparking a passion to increase student access to technology that has driven her 23-year career with North Clackamas Schools (NCSD). As a technology coach, she implemented the district’s first rollout of mobile devices beginning in 2003. Tricia served as an elementary principal from 2008-2012, winning the nationwide Intel Star Innovator Award for technology innovation with her school staff in 2010. After a two-year stint as NCSD’s Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Tricia was named Executive Director of Technology and Information Services in 2014. The following year, she completed her Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

In her current role role, Tricia has spearheaded numerous efforts to keep NCSD at the forefront of edtech, including the transition to a nearly all-digital curriculum, the push to achieve a 1:1 device-to-student ratio at all levels by 2020, and recently securing a grant from the 1 Million Project to provide free Wi-fi hotspots to all NCSD high schoolers who don’t have internet access at home.

Current initiatives include developing deeper digital literacy for students and personalizing instruction and professional development for teachers. Tricia has served on the Oregon Educational Technology Consortium’s board of directors since 2012.  “Tricia juggles both the technical and instructional aspects of technology in a school district with much skill,” NCSD Chief of Staff Tiffany Shireman said. “She models continual professional learning and networks with other technology directors around the country to ensure our students and staff benefit from cutting edge practices.”

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