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Educator Receives BOCES Technology award

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High School West ENL teacher and technology coach Dr. Katie DiGregorio has been named the winner of the 2019 Fred Podolski Award Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award from BOCES. Only one administrator and teacher across Long Island are honored with this award each year. 

Dr. DiGregorio was nominated for the award by High School West Assistant Principal Christopher Elsesser. “She is always looking for opportunities to share how she incorporates technology in her classroom with her peers,” he said. “Smithtown Central School District is very fortunate to have Dr. DiGregorio working to empower teachers in learning new strategies and instructional tools to promote long term growth and capacity.”

Last school year, Dr. DiGregorio instituted a new program called Triple T (Teaching Technological Tools) to offer instructional technology professional development to a small group of teachers during faculty meetings, after school or during prep periods. 

“Technology has always been my passion,” DiGregorio said. “I think the program has been so successful here in Smithtown Central School District because the teachers really have someone to support them.”

The Fred Podolski Award is presented to educators who have demonstrated outstanding technology initiatives. The award will be presented at the Long Island Technology and Education Summit on Oct. 18.