We're very honored to share the announcement that our Technology Director, Eliu 'Uati' Paopao, was named the winner of the Excellence in Leading with Technology Award sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Technology Association.
The purpose of the Excellence in Leading with Technology Award is to recognize and honor an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in implementing technology to improve teaching, learning, or administration.
(The following is from the April 2014 publication of NETA News)
Eliu Paopao is currently the Director of Technology for Chadron Public Schools. Nick Dressel, Chadron's Middle School Principal, describes Mr. Paopao as, "an exceptional leader." He goes on to say, "he always keeps student learning at the center of the conversation when talking about how to improve technology in the district." Nick gives Eliu credit as a positive change agent saying, "it is through his leadership and expertise that Chadron Public Schools has expanded how we teach and communicate with technology, not only within the walls of our schools, but also within the larger community of Chadron."
Willie Uhing, a teacher at Chadron High School, wrote, "Eliu 'Uati' Paopao is the single most important individual to Chadorn Public Schools. He personifies every positive educational virtue, modeling daily that no task is more important than a person in need. Uati's common sense approach and timeless dedication to staff and students is equally as imperative to the districts' success as his progressive and innovative approach to technology...nobody does it better!"
Eliu Paopao led a successful 1:1 iPad initiative in 2012-2013 and has been instrumental in helping to plan the Chadron Tech Conference for the past three years. He has presented at many conferences, including a NETA conference. Eliu's commitment to education and technology has been recognized by Jill Bramlet, Lead Evaluator for AdvancEd, BJ Peters, Technology Director for ESU 13, and by Sandy Roes, Chadron Public Schools Board of Education President, all who wrote letters for Eliu's nomination packet for this award.
Nick Dressel closed his letter of recommendation with, "His work on the development and implementation of the Chadron Tech Conference, his leadership on the Chadron High School iPad initiative, his willingness to share his expertise with others, and his efforts to expand the knowledge of the faculty and staff at Chadron Public Schools are just a few examples of the positive impact that Mr. Paopao has on the students, faculty, staff, and administration in the district."
Congratulations Mr. Paopao!