Making IT Happen Award

The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.

The spirit of the Making IT Happen award supports our vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.

Award recipients are educators who:

  • Apply available technology now.
  • Move forward and don't look back.
  • See students as real people.
  • Teach through relationships, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing.
  • Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process.
  • Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration.
  • Expect success.
  • Motivate through awareness and access to information.


ISTE and its affiliates may present Making IT Happen awards at their annual conferences. The awarding organization chooses its winner(s) and ISTE supplies the award package, including an embroidered Making IT Happen jacket, a certificate, a one-year individual ISTE membership and promotional materials.

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For additional information or questions about this outstanding program, please contact us.


Making IT Happen winners at the ISTE 2015 Awards Celebration Luncheon
Making IT Happen Award winners at the
ISTE 2015 Awards Celebration Luncheon.

2015 Making IT Happen Award Winners Presented by ISTE


Laurie Conzemius

Paula Don

Doug Johnson

Joe Kmoch

Chris Lehmann

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Janet Zanetis

Making IT Happen Award Winners

View the entire archive of winners (PDF).

Ina Ahearn
Brian Antle
Shane Asselstine
Paul Barrette
Bill Bass
Bonnie Birdsall
Cheryl Bobo
Dean Byrd
Chris Champion
S. Comfort
Janet Copenhaver
Jana Craig Hare
Mike Daugherty
Katrina Falkner
Janine Foley
Michael Fricano II
Don Goble
Deb Goetjen
Shana Goodall
Michael Gras
Ted Harvey
Wendy Haskell
Kitty Herbel
Patrick Higgins
Kristin Hokanson
Lorie Homan
Roger Laliberte
Marsha Lambert
Tim Landeck
Morgen Larsen
Martin Levins
Carl Lyman
Kathleen Malsbenden
Sarah Martabano
Kim Mathey
Shawna May
Jennifer Middaugh
Kari Murphy
Christine Olmstead
Marty Park
Bryan Phillips
John Rusyniak
Alice Schmitz
Shawn Snyder
Mike Sylofski
Manorama Talaiver
Dave Tebo
Henry Thiele
Travis True
Petra Turner
David Warlick
Glenn Whitcomb