Visionary Award: Deidre Rubenstrunk
Deidre Rubenstrunk has been an educator since 2010, beginning her career as a librarian in the Miller Place School District and then Three Village Central School District. In 2016, Deidre joined the Three Village Instructional Technology Department as an Educational Technology Coach, mentoring teachers on best practices in technology integration. In 2019, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Deidre became the Director of Instructional Technology. Deidre has now assumed responsibility for the entire Technology Department, a team consisting of teachers, teaching assistants, network support staff, technicians, and clerical staff, supporting a large and diverse community of end users.
Deidre defines technology as “applying innovation to teaching and learning to engage in the process of continuous improvement.” She supports purposeful technology integration with the goals of creating efficiency, increasing student engagement, fostering independent learning, improving student achievement, and transforming teaching.
Ms. Rubenstrunk is one of the most respected administrators in Three Village. Due to her leadership, Three Village has made critical advancement in technology. She has motivated the entire Three Village community in terms of their use of technology and its appropriate application to the educational realm. Her knowledge of innovative programs and systems was critical to the success experienced in Three Village Central School District throughout the COVID crisis. We are proud of her accomplishments and look forward to her ideas for the future use of technology.
The entire Three Village family, as well as spouse Brian and children Parker & Rory, are extremely proud of Deidre and her accomplishments.
Most Innovative Use of Technology Award: Vickie Henson
Ms. Vickie Henson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, and a Master’s Degree from Stony Brook University. In addition to college degrees, she completed extensive masters coursework with a concentration in Technology. She subsequently earned the Suffolk Edge Teacher Award for Technology and the ASSET Bright Light Award for Technology, for her work implementing technology into her music classes.
Ms. Henson recently completed her 34th and final year as a music teacher in the Elwood Union Free School District at John Glenn High School. Her time was spent teaching her students to love music, and to be a part of the bigger picture in their community. Her responsibilities include Concert Band, Marching Band, instrumental lessons and AP Music Theory. Outside of her daily teaching, Ms. Henson was the Advisor for Jazz Band, Stage Crew, and either the Musical Producer or Pit Orchestra Director. Ms. Henson’s bands have successfully performed in festivals and competitions across the eastern U.S and has played concert tours in Rome, Venice, Florence, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague.
Technology played a big part in Ms. Henson’s music classes. Not only did technology help to improve the rigorous skills required to be a musician, it also allowed students opportunities to be creative musically. Beyond the enrichment for the students, technology served as a way for Ms. Henson to keep her very busy schedule manageable. The beauty is that using technology for logistical and administrative duties freed Ms. Henson to spend more time making personal connections with her students, enabling them to be their very best.
In her free time, Ms. Henson has performed as a percussionist with the Northport Community Band, Northport Chorale, Massapequa Symphony, West Islip Chamber Orchestra and Atlantic Wind Symphony. As a conductor she has guest conducted with the Northport Community Band and SCMEA Division III All County Band. When not making music, Ms. Henson spends her time at home with her family in Huntington Station.
About the Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Awards
This award is named in memory of Nassau BOCES’ longtime director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. Mr. Podolski was a firm believer in the impact technology could have on student learning. He was also the founder of the Long Island Technology and Education Summit.
Visionary Award (Administrator)
This award is given to an educational administrator who has demonstrated vision, leadership and support of technology initiatives. The nominee should have a clear record of driving the use of technology, a demonstrated ability to identify future needs and a passion for serving the educational needs of students and teachers within their school district.
Most Innovative Use of Technology (Classroom Teacher)
The “Most Innovative Use of Technology” award is given to one classroom teacher that has demonstrated creative, unique and resourceful use of technology in the classroom. The nominee should have a clear record of making a positive impact on his or her students’ achievement, school and community through exemplary classroom teaching.
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