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Our Affiliates: ISTE * NEISTE * NHCTO


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2022 - Cyndy Currier and Susan Cavanaugh

2021 - Amy O'Riley and Suzanne Cronin

2020 - No awards during Covid

2019 - Stan Freeda and Andrea O'Neil

2018 - Kathleen McClaskey and Celeste Best

2017 - Sheila Adams and Anne Knight

2016 - John Martin and Donna Dennis

2015 - Ina Ahern and Kathy Malsbenden

2014 - Deb Boisvert and Bill Carozza 

2013 - Maria Knee and Mike Wakefield

2012 - Roy Bailey and Glen Page

2011 - Cyndi Dunlap and Cathy Higgins

2021 Award Winners

Amy O'Riley and  Suzanne Cronin

2019 Award Winners

Stan Freeda and Andrea O'Neil



Kathy McClaskey  


Kathleen has made a significant contribution to NHSTE, ISTE, and the world of Educational Technology for more than three decades! Co-author of the books "Make Learning Personal" and "How to Personalize Learning", Kathleen is nationally renowned for her work in this area. An active member of NHACES, predecessor of NHSTE, Kathleen has been NHSTE Advocacy Chair since 2005. She was recipient of the ISTE Public Policy Advocate of the Year award in 2012 and has served on the ISTE Advocacy board since 2016. President of NHSTE from 2016-2017, Kathleen has been an active presenter at both the NHSTE and ISTE conferences and an inspiration and mentor to many in our field! Always full of energy and passion, Kathleen embodies and exemplifies both the NHSTE and ISTE missions!


Celeste Best is regionally and nationally recognized for her innovative work in the science classroom, recipient of numerous awards including the 2009 NHSTE Pat Keyes Educator Award, 2011 NSTA Vernier Award, and 2014 ING Unsung Hero Award. She is one of 100 teachers across the country receiving the Unsung Heroes Award for her innovative forensic science program at her high school in Durham, NH, Celeste authored Strengthen SCIENCE INSTRUCTION: Make Best Use of Apps, Mobile Devices, and Other Cutting-Edge Technology in Your Science Classroom used in her BER training programs. Active on the NHSTE board since 2009, Celeste has proven a true leader serving two terms as President from 2014 to 2016. Throughout these years, she created and implemented the Chris Nelson Memorial Grant program. Not only has she developed the program, but also supported the school teams receiving the grant. Celeste is truly deserving of the Making IT Happen Award.





Sheila Adams, two time past president, has been a dedicated member of NHSTE for many years! She is someone who is always ready to help and go the extra mile for the organization. Sheila has worn almost every hat that exists in our organization and is a great collaborator. As an educator, Sheila has been an early adopter of technology tools, from using the first dial up access, to getting involved in the Roadkill project, to diving into GIS, to utilizing 3D printers and drones, all with the goal of maximizing her students' learning. As soon as Sheila figures out a new technology, she shares it with others! She is a gem!


Anne Knight is one of the founding members of NHSTE and has contributed so much over the many years of her membership. She was twice president of a precursor organization to today's NHSTE and has been a leader, volunteer, and NHSTE advocate for many years. She has been a great collaborator in New Hampshire, working with many stakeholders in the state to forward the effective use of technology in educating New Hampshire students, and has been a tech mentor and role model as well as a lifelong learner! She is a treasure!


John Martin and DOnna Dennis

John Martin

A self-described Edu-Imagineer and Experi-Mentor, in addition to his role as Director of Innovation & Technology for the Inter-Lakes School District, John has been engaged in transforming the education experience since he was a student himself. A strong believer in volunteerism, he has served on his local school board and on the Board of Directors forOpenWorldCause; he has been a Cubmaster, Civil Air Patrol commander of cadets, volleyball coach, and a valuable member of the NHSTE community working behind the scenes to support our efforts to improve technology adoption and use in NH education. John works at the local, national, and international level, presenting regularly at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference. He has also presented at the NHCTO Clinic, and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Conference. Nationally, John has spoken at Podstock, Miami Device, Tech & Learning Live, and at the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit. Internationally, John has worked in India, Pakistan, and Kenya, supporting pre-service and practicing educators and their students.


Ina Ahearn and Kathy MalsBenDen


Ina Ahern, a teacher at Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, NH, was recognized by the NH Society for Technology in Education with a Making IT Happen award for her efforts to help students learn and use GIS in the classroom. 


Kathy Malsbenden is a technology enthusiast who melded her two passions, teaching and technology during her 25 years in

public and private education. Recently retired, Kathy served as Merrimack Valley School District's first Technology Coordinator
from 2000 to 2009. While in this position she established herself as an avid supporter for technology integration in classrooms
throughout the state. She initiated a technology mentor program for teachers in her district, served on the NHSTE Board as
Professional Development Chair and President, and directed the Capital Area Center for Educational Support (CACES), one of
six NH Local Educational Support Centers. Prior to her tenure as a technology coordinator she taught preschool through fifth
grades in Merrimack, Franklin, and Webster, NH incorporating available technology to support student learning. Kathy remains
involved in education by attending and presenting at workshops and conferences as well as offering her assistance to teachers

and school districts.


Roy Bailey and Glen Page


Roy has served as the Director of IT for SAU 67 in Bow, New Hampshire since 1993. He has served as President of NHSTE, the NH affiliate of ISTE, and was awarded the NHSTE Technology Impact Award in 2000. Having started his education career as a music educator, Roy still dabbles in the arts and specifically the application of technology in the arts.

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