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ISTE Announces 2011 Outstanding Teacher and Leader Award Recipients

by User Not Found | May 02, 2011

May 2, 2011

Contact:          Marlene Nesary, ISTE, (541) 302-3789,
Pat Walsh, Vox, (541) 302-6620,

ISTE Announces 2011 Outstanding Teacher and Leader Award Recipients

Washington, D.C. — The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) has named Bijal Damani, a higher secondary teacher with The Galaxy Education System in Rajkot, Gujarat, India, and Monica Beglau, executive director eMINTS National Center with the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, 2011 Outstanding Teacher and 2011 Outstanding Leader awards, respectively.

The Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Leader awards recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrably improved education through the use of technology. Candidates for the awards are nominated by ISTE Affiliates, a network of more than 75 professional associations representing more than 100,000 educators worldwide. Nominations are reviewed by an eight-person team of education and technology professionals from around the world.

Damani was nominated by the India Council for Integral Education for her ability to make learning exciting and creative. Damani uses technology and social media as educational and collaborative tools, bridging the gap between traditional education and digital life and engaging students through project-based learning. Damani started the social entrepreneurship project Galaxy Bazaar, which is run by her students.

Beglau was nominated by the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis for “her vision, leadership, and ability to adapt and thrive in ever-changing conditions.”  Beglau “provides professional development that helps educators to integrate technology and effective instructional strategies in way that engage students.” Beglau was also cited for her strong vision for the eMINTS program as well as her dedication and ability to collaborate, ensuring continuous improvement and program success. 

Damani and Beglau will be honored and presented with their awards at ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, ISTE 2011, in Philadelphia, PA., June 26-29, 2011. Each recipient will receive $1,000 toward ISTE 2011 travel expenses, free conference registration, commemorative plaques, and complimentary ISTE memberships.

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition and the widely-adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide.