Linda Lindsay and Michelle Colte “Make IT Happen”!

Linda Lindsay (1991 LIS alumnus) and Michelle Colte (2004 LIS alumnus) were selected for the “Make IT (Instructional Technology) Happen” award at the Schools of the Future Conference held on November 7, 2014, at the Hawaii Convention Center. The Hawaii Society for Technology in Education sponsored the award that recognizes outstanding K-12 educators, who have proactively engaged their schools in innovative technology practices. Linda is the librarian at Seabury Hall on Maui and Michelle is librarian at Hale Kula Elementary on Oahu.

Linda was acknowledged for her impressive efforts to make resources accessible to her students and faculty using LibGuides, her “Seabury Reads” blog, and her leadership in co-founding and moderating #edchathi and a weekly Google Rocks Hawaii for educators. Last spring, Linda mentored Jasmine Doan, a junior at Seabury, in creating TEDxYouth, a version of TEDxMaui talks by teens.

Michelle was lauded for her innovative work in introducing a range of new technologies to students, teachers, and families at her school. In 2013, she was one of 50 educators selected worldwide for the Google Teacher Academy held in Australia, and she was recently named the 2014 School Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal. She also participated in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute.

As part of their IT awards, Linda and Michelle received certificates, a year’s membership in the International Society for Technology in Education, and free registration for the 2015 ISTE conference being convened in Philadelphia.