Visionary Award: Joseph Castoro
Joe Castoro currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Oldfield Middle School (OMS) in the Harborfields School District. Joe has transformed teaching and learning at OMS to ensure that our students are ready to embark upon successful 21st century careers!
In his role, Joe has provided many technology-focused workshops to the staff in a range of topics to support the integration of technology into classrooms and continue to change the direction of the instructional arrows to foster more student communication and collaboration. Joe worked closely with Oldfield Middle School's librarian and staff to facilitate the creation of a Makerspace and works with teachers in various ways to utilize the space to enhance instruction.
Joe is a former Social Studies teacher that always tried to be ahead of the curve in utilizing technology in his classroom. Joe's passion for learning is currently being met pursuing his doctorate in administration and supervision at St. John's University. He lives in Kings Park with his wife and three children.
Most Innovative Use of Technology Award: Kelly Powers
Kelly Powers began her teaching career in 2001. After teaching for two years in the Malverne School District, Kelly became a classroom teacher in the East Williston School District. For the past 15 years, she has been a third and fourth grade teacher at North Side School.
Since 2011, Kelly has been the general education teacher in an Instructional Co-Teaching classroom, working collaboratively with a special education teacher on a daily basis. Using technology in her ICT classroom has provided multiple opportunities for students on all levels to expand their learning. She provides technology based education to both students and colleagues, enjoying learning new and innovative ways to incorporate digital tools into her everyday teaching.
Kelly lives in Mineola with her husband and her three daughters.