WVDE Employee Honored with SETDA Pioneer Award

July 07, 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) employee recently was awarded a national award for her continued commitment to technology in West Virginia’s classrooms.  

Brenda Williams

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) awarded Brenda Williams, Executive Director for the Office of Instructional Technology, its 2004 Pioneer Award in June during its annual conference in New Orleans, La. She was one of four recipients to receive the prestigious honor.  

“This award was a total surprise to me,” said Williams. “But this award goes to everyone in the Office of Instructional Technology. It’s because of them that we are nationally recognized for technology in our classrooms.”  

The Pioneer Award was presented to Williams from her colleagues in the association. Williams was acknowledged for her leadership in integrating technology effectively in West Virginia to improve student learning. She also was recognized for engaging within the broad education and education technology communities to ensure the effective integration of technology in learning to improve student achievement.  

Williams, a founding member of the organization, was presented the first SETDA Leader of the Year Award last year from a nomination submitted to association.  

SETDA is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members. It provides its membership consisting of 50 states and two territories with opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another as well as the broader ed-tech community through meetings, surveys, conference calls, and online leadership courses.  

For more information about SETDA, visit its website at www.setda.org.  


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