WMS mentor earns regional recognition

Instructional Mentor Matt Hurst (second from left) after being honored as the 2019 Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year.

The Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) recently honored a Whiteaker Middle School instructional mentor as the 2019 Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year.

Hurst, along with Whiteaker Principal Julia Dewitt, traveled to Seattle in February he accepted the award and a $250 cash prize.

Hurst was honored for being a strong peer leader and instructional mentor at the middle level and throughout the district and state. His contributions have been effective and shared by the whole district. He introduced 1:1 iPads before the district has any 1:1 program.

NCCE is a national educational technology professional development organization. Big Deal Media, a publisher of resources for educators, provided the cash prize.

“You give Matt Hurst a vision and he takes it to the next level,” said Julia Dewitt, Principal for Whiteaker Middle School. “He is a great supporter of EdTech and STEM and knows that it has to be partnered with quality professional learning. He models that he is a learner by being a role model and pushes himself to be vulnerable and to be always learning.”

Hurst has attended NCCE event for several years and presents his findings and shares his expertise with peers.

“Matt’s contribution to the ed tech profession in the Northwest is immeasurable,” said Dr. Heidi Rogers chief executive officer of NCCE. “He finds a way to get big concepts accomplished and brings a positive attitude along with it. It is a pleasure to honor one of our long-standing presenters as the 2019 NCCE Teacher of the Year award recipient.”

Hurst joins a prestigious group of technology educators in the Northwest, including IT directors, superintendents, ESD technology directors and principals.