DELBARTON, W.Va. _ Doug Martin, a graphic design and illustration teacher at the Mingo Career and Technical Center, is one of four educators to be named Technology & Learning Magazine's 2007 National Leaders of the Year. The program honors K–12 administrators, technology coordinators, specialists and teachers who use technology in innovative ways to help teachers teach and to help students learn.
The winners were honored recently at the National School Boards Association’s technology conference in Nashville and will be profiled in detail in a feature article in Technology & Learning’s December Awards issue. They also will receive a spot on the magazine’s Advisory Board for the upcoming year.
The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday recognized Martin for his contribution to education.
“Doug Martin epitomizes the true spirit of teaching with his dedication and professionalism,” said West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine. “He has opened up the world to his students and perhaps changed the course of many of their lives.”
Using cutting edge graphics and other multimedia technologies, Martin has turned his students into world-class artists, winning over 40 design and art contests, including the National Congressional art award, a national scholastic art awards and EA sports design award. Last year, Martin’s students won 18 college scholarships amounting to nearly $500,000.
He has orchestrated phone interviews with Disney and Hallmark Cards artists and taken his students to museums. His students also have designed a multimedia memorial in honor of the miners in the Sago Mine tragedy of 2006.
National recognition is not new to Martin. Earlier this fall, he was one of 51 teachers across the nation to be named an American Star of Teaching. He also has been a West Virginia Teacher of the Year finalist, Mingo County Schools Teacher of the Year, Arch Coal Outstanding Teacher Award Winner and U.S. Air Force Technology Education Outstanding Teacher.
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