Oyster River Cooperative School District
Director of Technology
Joshua has demonstrated to NHSTE and his peers that he uses technology as a means to improve learning and effectiveness in his district. With over 14 years in his field, Joshua has been instrumental in the advancement of technology in support of the districts’ educational missions, with particular expertise in infrastructure.
Joshua Olstad is in his seventh year as the IT Director for the Oyster River Cooperative School District. In order to develop a better understanding of how technology can be used effectivity in the classroom to support learning and engage students, Joshua completed his Master of Science in Computer Technology in Education in 2012. He is a founding member and past President of the New Hampshire CTO Council and is currently serving as treasurer – in that role, he shepherded the CoSN affiliate to 501c3 non-profit status. He has also been instrumental in setting up the New Hampshire Student Data Privacy Alliance over the past year, in response to new state privacy legislation. His work has led to greater collaboration amongst district technology leaders from across the state.
Joshua is also a member of the University of New Hampshire’s advisory board for the Information Technology undergraduate program.
White Mountains Regional High School
Computer Technology Teacher
In addition to being a Computer Technology Teacher at White Mountains Regional for more than 13 years, where he teaches several courses including Cisco Computer Networking, Web Design, Computer Programming and Computer Science with Project Lead The Way, Mr. Danault is the coordinator for Running Start, a program that allows students to obtain college- level credit while still attending high school. He also serves as an adjunct instructor in Computer Science at White Mountains Community College and Granite State College.
Ronald lives in Berlin, NH with his wife, Lise. They have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. He loves sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
Read the descriptions (found below) for both the Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award and the Pat Keyes Technology-Using Educator Award to decide which award you are nominating for.
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The nominee’s name
The name of the school district that the nominee works for
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Pat Keyes Technology - Using Educator
The NHSTE Technology Using Educator Award is named in memory of Pat Keyes; a former secondary teacher in the Keene School District who served NHSTE in many capacities including editor of the NHSTE Connections.
- Functions as a public or private PreK-12 teacher providing direct instruction in a New Hampshire school(s).
- Developed effective units integrating educational technology.
- Demonstrated improved student performance with application of technology.
- Shared ideas/initiatives in formal and informal arenas using traditional and electronic methods.
Susan Janosz Technology Impact
The NHSTE Technology Impact Award is named in memory of Susan Janosz, longtime employee of the Manchester School District who was employed as a Technology Integrator.
- Provides leadership in a public or private PreK-16 New Hampshire school(s).
- The nominee's work has had a significant positive impact on technology use in education locally, statewide, regionally and/or nationally.
- The nominee has involved the community in the initiative or program to facilitate partnerships with business and/or legislative initiatives to advance the use of technology in education.
- Supported technology within the context of school reform, restructuring and improvement.
- Demonstrated a commitment to ongoing self-education by keeping abreast of emerging technologies.
- The quality of education and/or work experience has been significantly advanced in the nominee's workplace as a result of the nominee's efforts.
In the past, this award has gone to Technology Directors, Technology Coordinators, Technology Integrationists, Curriculum Coordinators, Media Specialists/Generalists, SAU Administration (i.e., Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents) and/or School District Administrators (i.e., Principals and Vice Principals).