Jen Waldvogel, a teacher on special assignment for technology integration in Yorkville School District 115, has been selected as the 2019 winner of the Illinois Computing Educators’ 2019 Educator of the Year Award in the Tech Administrator category.
Waldvogel was presented with her award at the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE-IL) State Conference, held February 25-28 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Conference Center in Schaumburg.
Each year Illinois Computing Educators selects one educator in each of two categories - one classroom teacher and one technology administrator/specialist, for this prestigious award. Educators are nominated for this award by colleagues, fellow teachers, students, and school administrators who feel that the nominee has made outstanding contributions to the integration of technology and the improvement of teaching and learning in their school or district. Once nominated, candidates must complete an extensive application process that is reviewed, evaluated, and scored by members of the ICE Educator of the Year Committee. Selections are then confirmed by the ICE Executive Board for final approval.
Waldvogel works alongside students, teachers, school and district leaders to guide blended programming, design professional development, and coach personalized instruction. She is a National Board Certified teacher who spent over a decade teaching writing, literature, empathy, and voice to high schoolers.
Waldvogel hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, secondary education in language arts from North Central College, and a master’s degree in school counseling from Northern Illinois University.
The mission of the Illinois Computing Educators is to promote the development, growth, and use of technology in all facets of education.
The Educator of the Year award has been designed to honor ICE members from throughout the state of Illinois who are exemplary educators and leaders at the school or district level, and who have made significant contributions leading to the integration of technology into the educational process.