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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 affiliates and other like-minded organizations may present Making IT Happen awards, and many do so 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 Award sponsors

Adam Bellow
2014 Making IT Happen award winner Adam Bellow

Making IT Happen Award Winners

The 2014 Making IT Happen honorees are Mahmud Shihab, Ph.D., ISTE ambassador for the Middle East; Adam Bellow, eduTecher/eduClipper founder; Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education; and Lillian Kellogg, vice president of Client Services for ENA. The recipients were celebrated at a luncheon at ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Listed below are the winners since September 1, 2013. View the entire archive of winners (PDF) from 1995 through 2013.

Steve Andrus
Chuck Austin
Roy Bailey
Amy Chayefsky
Janet Corder
Michelle Cox
Kevin Croghan
Mike Cullum
Sunshine Darby
David Davidson
Robert Deneau
Darren Dick
Bonnie Feather
Gregg Festa
Roland Gesthuizen
Joan Gore
Susan Hardin
David Harms
John Hendron
Jana Hoggle
Lillian Hritz
Robin Hutton
Sandy Johnson
Pam Korporaal
Terry Korte
Linda LaCoe
Mike Lawrence
Greg Lawrence
Ellen Lillo-Reffel
Julie Lindsay
LeeAnn Lindsey
Jayme Linton
Emily Mann
John Marschhausen
Debbie Maxon
Andy McKiel
Beverly Miller
Bill Morrison
Roxanne Mourant
Jeff Murry
Leon Nelson
Paul Newhouse
Misty Overman
Glen Page
Melanie Pennell
Lisa Perez
George Perreault
Jim Peterson
Amy Phipps
Carina Pierce
Catherine Poliing
Kecia Ray
Judith Romero
Karen Salmon
Josh Seamon
Todd Shecter
Tim Southerland
Amy Spath
Jeen Steiger
Robyn Stoutt
Allen Swanson
Jerry Swedberg
Marisol Valles
Melinda Waffle
Marie Zuk
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