Ctrl + Alt + Delete that old technology: Innovative Educators gifted new touchscreen laptops

Updated: Oct 25, 2018


Oct. 19, 2018 - This morning, 35 outstanding Duval County Public Schools teachers were awarded brand new personalized touchscreen laptops for their achievement in completing the DCPS Innovative Educator Program.


These teachers are the first of more than 380 participants across 81 schools to be nominated by their principals to participate in the exclusive program, which consists of 30 hours of online courses and six hours of face-to-face training focused on Office 365 Applications.


Donna Mathis, a career and technical education teacher at Atlantic Coast High School, was surprised about how much more of an edge she has now after having completed the program.


"I knew a lot about some of the stuff in the course," said Mathis. "However, as I was going through the program, I was uncovering some things that were even new to me and I knew would be advantageous for students."

The laptops gifted to the teachers are the first ThinkPads to have a touchscreen feature for teachers to utilize. This is one feature that math teacher at Atlantic Coast High School, Laurie McDonald, is thrilled about.


"I am super happy to have a new laptop," said McDonald. "Being able to use a touch screen will make everything so much easier."

The rest of the nominated teachers are excited to be the next to complete the DCPS Innovative Educator Program and get their own new touchscreen laptop in the near future. Any teacher interested in the program can contact their school's principal for more information.


Thank you to our very own Crystal Champine, teaching graphic design at Andrew Jackson High School, who designed the custom DCPS Innovative Educator Program laptop cover art.

Congratulations to the outstanding teachers who completed the program:


Ms. Laurie Mcdonald | Atlantic Coast High School


Mr. Edwin Wagner | Terry Parker


Ms. Jesica Pearce | Lake Lucina Elementary


Ms. Ashleigh Haug | Henry F. Kite Elementary School


Ms. Jill Sullivan | Mayport Middle


Ms. Sarah Smith | John Stockton Elementary School


Ms. Carmen Polanco | Alfred I. duPont Middle School


Ms. Faye Hunt | Chaffee Trail Elementary


Ms. Donna Mathis | Atlantic Coast High School


Mr. William Moredock | Oceanway Middle


Ms. Elizabeth Rosario Otero | A. Philip Randolph Career Academies


Ms. Margaret Rogero-Hastings | Mandarin Oaks Elementary


Ms. Laquanda Paschal | Jean Ribault High School


Mr. Brannon Lutz | Sandalwood High School


Ms. Rebecca Geoghagan | San Jose Elementary


Ms. Gina Riley | Loretto Elementary


Ms. Nadine Ebri | Southside Middle School


Ms. Hollie Reno | Abess Park Elementary


Ms. Carie Skube | Jacksonville Beach Elementary School


Mr. Victor Chrispin | Bridge to Success Academy at West Jax


Ms. Mary Dennis-Gannon | Lone Star Elementary


Ms. Mallory Fowler | Ramona Blvd Elementary 


Mr. Joseph Rawlins | Kernan Middle School


Mr. John Vitale | Kernan Middle School


Ms. Karrie Mccary | New Berlin Elementary


Ms. Adrienne Lodico | San Jose Elementary


Ms. Wendy Sanford | Abess Park Elementary


Mr. Paul Carlson | Frank H. Petersen


Ms. Jennifer Eavenson | San Jose Elementary


Ms. Kimberly Niebauer | Loretto Elementary


Ms. Gina Parson | Mandarin Oaks Elementary


Mr. Scott Fretz | Fletcher Middle School


Mr. Peter Berta | Terry Parker High School


Ms. Karen Siegrist | Pinedale Elementary


Mr. Chris Couch | Duncan U. Fletcher Middle

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