Younger Named MIE Expert

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A big “Congratulations” to Belfry High School Teacher Stephanie Younger, who has been designated a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert joining more than 4,800 educators worldwide in the MIE Expert program. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educators to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology.


“We are very proud and excited for Stephanie for being named an MIE Expert,” said Belfry Principal Mark Gannon. “Stephanie’s leadership in driving technology in our school, region, state and nationally has provided her additional opportunities for professional learning as well as afforded her the chance to provide the same experiences she has had with colleagues across the nation this past year.”


Officials with the Kentucky Valley Educational Coalition (KVEC), where Appalachian Technology Institute Leader Younger’s work has been highlighted through Appalachian Renaissance Initiative Summits (view her project presentations here) as well as in Digital Promise video spotlights of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) as a National Education Innovation Cluster, also expressed their excitement about the honor. Watch the video below to visualize her exceptional leadership and see her speak at the Big Ideas Fest for Appalachia in Hazard on September 16.


 As an MIE Expert, educators build their capacity for using technology in both the classroom and curriculum to improve student learning, advise Microsoft and educational institutions on how to integrate technology in education and be an advocate at conferences, etc. If you are an educator and interested in joining the MIE program, you can begin by joining the Microsoft Educator Community, where you can learn and grow professionally, exchange ideas and learn from others, and make connections globally and earn recognition.

You can connect with Younger here on ARI’s Holler website @ssiedentopf and follow her on Twitter @sasie

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