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Staff Prove Technical Prowess Earning Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Distinction

August 29, 2017 – West Ada School District staff members are joining the ranks of more than 6,700 educators in the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program worldwide. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educators to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology.


“Microsoft has a huge presence in our school district. Microsoft applications are used by staff and students to enhance business practices and improve learning,” Dr. Diane Grahek, system support specialist, explained of why she participates in the program. “By joining a professional network of enthusiastic Microsoft educators who come together to learn, share, and grow, I am able to share new and innovative ideas with others.”


As an MIE Expert, educators build their capacity for using technology in both the classroom and curriculum to improve student learning, advise Microsoft and educational institutions on how to integrate technology in pedagogically sound ways, and be an advocate at conferences, events and trainings for how Microsoft technology can improve learning.


“Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are inspiring examples of educators applying new ways of teaching and learning in their classrooms that motivate students and empower them to achieve more,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education for Microsoft. “We celebrate and support the work they do every day!”


If you are an educator and interested in joining the MIE program, you can begin by joining the Microsoft Educator Community, where you can learn and grow professionally, exchange ideas and learn from others, and make connections globally and earn recognition.


“Through collaboration and communication, educators will model new learning strategies, and students will have more opportunities to learn in different settings,” Grahek shared.


Congratulations to our newest class of West Ada School District MIE Experts:

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Badge


Lisa Bray, Instructional Coach

Geri Gillespy, Digital Integration Administrator

Diane Grahek, System Support Specialist

Brent Jons, 5th Grade Teacher at Pioneer School of the Arts

Aimee Larsen, Digital Integration Specialist