Discovery Education Awards VAHS' Rita Mortenson

Discovery Education Awards VAHS' Rita Mortenson
Posted on 05/31/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Discovery Education Awards VAHS' Rita MortensonRita's nomination reads:

"Rita is always is helping anyone that has a need. As a leader of the Ambassador program for her school district, she has shown her colleagues the benefits of Discovery Education in their instruction. When Rita presents at various conferences, she always shares about Discovery. Rita is the first one to volunteer for a project and always follows through. She leads by example. This is Rita’s third DENny Award. She was honored in 2011 and 2013."

Discovery Education knows amazing things are happening in the classrooms and schools of Discovery Educators every day. In this annual celebration, they take some time to officially honor goodness within the Discovery Education community and after receiving hundreds of nominations, VAHS is honored to know Mortenson took the cake, honoring community members who give of themselves to guide others.

A teacher for 29 years in the Verona Area School District, Mortenson has enjoyed working with the staff, students, parents and community members helping to integrate technology into the classrooms. Since 1995, she has been the Educational Technology Coordinator for Verona Area High School and a National Board Certified teacher with an MBA degree.

An Apple Distinguished Educator since 2007,  she has been developing curriculum and showcasing student work in a variety of ways. Having taught several grad classes on the iLife and iWork Suite, and trained teachers on various topics, including iBooks Author, her goal is to make technology integration a natural and fun part of learning. She was also a part of the Apple Distinguished Educator team at the Apple Institute in Ireland which created a course in iTunes U called "My Global Voice: Publishing with iBooks Author".

Lastly, she is an active Discovery STAR Educator, serves as the Events Chair for the Wisconsin DEN Leadership Council, and in 2009 was one of three teachers selected to participate in the Discovery Student Pilot Adventure in China for 15 days.

Much deserved Rita, and congratulations!
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