Whiteaker Middle School Instructional Mentor Matt Hurst was honored as the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) 2019 Outstanding Technology Educator of the Year for Computer Education at the Northwest’s largest educational technology conference in Seattle on Feb. 27, 2019.
Hurst was honored for being a strong peer leader and instructional mentor at the middle school level and throughout the district and state. His passion for helping educators and students integrate technology made him an early adopter of touch devices in classrooms. He has assisted app-based technology developers like Remind and Class Dojo by providing professional feedback and piloting their new technology.
Hurst is a Google Certified Innovator, Raspberry Pi certified and a Learnzillion DreamTeam teacher. During the last few years, he has worked with Salem-Keizer’s Career Technical Education programs and Oregon MESA to provide teachers with resources to teach students problem solving skills using maker technology.
“If we believe that the kids we work with in our classrooms every day are our future innovators and problem solvers, then we must provide them with the opportunities, structures and technology to practice innovative problem solving,” said Hurst.
“You give Matt Hurst a vision and he takes it to the next level,” said Whiteaker Principal Julia Dewitt. “He is a great supporter of educational technology and knows that it has to be partnered with quality professional learning. He models that he is a learner by being a role model and pushes himself to be vulnerable and to be always learning.”
According to Gwen Bruey-Fink, SKPS Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, “Matt is always willing to step up and lead by designing professional learning around STEM topics for district employees and in the region, coaching individuals on implementing their own technology goals or providing guidance to district leadership. I so appreciate Matt and his constant, steadfast leadership and reliability in our coaching ranks in Salem-Keizer. Matt is someone I can always turn to for advice, leadership and to gain input from teacher stakeholders.”
Heidi Rogers, NCCE chief executive officer, states that Hurst has been attending NCCE events for several years and usually presents and shares his expertise. “Matt’s contribution to the educational tech profession in the Northwest is immeasurable,” said Rogers. “He finds a way to get big concepts accomplished and brings a positive attitude along with it. It is a pleasure to honor one of our long-standing presenters as the 2019 NCCE Teacher of the Year award recipient.”
The NCCE 2019 Technology Educator award is provided by NCCE, a national educational technology professional development organization and Big Deal Media, publisher of trusted resources for educators.