I am very proud of the work being done by our teachers. They work tirelessly with hundreds of students to increase student knowledge and their love of learning. They support their students’ development of teamwork, self-esteem, and empathy, qualities that we know foster student success in other academic areas. A challenge for all educators is knowing our students are facing a fundamentally different world than the one we grew up in. Our students are using technology in ways we could never have imagined. For the first time in history, students are authorities in many aspects of technology, and our teachers are learning to teach our students to be critical thinkers, while managing unprecedented amounts of information and everchanging technological tools. This week I would like to congratulate Mrs. Donell Eichler, our Computer Information Technology and Visual Communication teacher. This past year, Mrs. Eichler has completed thirty-eight hours of Campus Technology Specialist Certification to help our students and staff build skills for the 21st century. Most teachers use technology to show students examples or notes, but that is a basic use of technology. We need to be at the student production level. If a student is learning to swing a bat correctly, the student could use technology to video him/herself swinging the bat and review the video to figure out what he/she may be doing right or wrong. In this manner students can use technology to take ownership of their own learning. I appreciate all the extra time Ms. Eichler took outside of her lesson planning and teaching to develop her skills so we can move towards preparing our students for their future and not our past.