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OBEN Teachers Honored as 2019 ASSET Bright Lights

Janet Link and Maria Kim were honored for their leadership in instructional technology

ASSET Bright Lights honorees Ms. Janet Link, left, and Ms. Maria Kim.


Oyster Bay High School English language arts teacher Ms. Maria Kim and James H. Vernon School 4th grade teacher Ms. Janet Link were named 2019 Technology Bright Lights honorees by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies (ASSET).


ASSET—a non-profit that promotes the integration and use of educational technologies to enhance teaching for area educators—presented the awards during a luncheon at Timber Point Country Club in Great River, Jan. 10, in recognition of their leadership in educational technology.


Nominated by Ms. Janna Ostroff, the District's K-12 Supervisor of Science and Technology for Instruction, the honorees shared with their colleagues how technology enables them to engage, excite and personalize student learning in their classrooms.


As a lead teacher in launching the District’s 7th grade 1:1 device initiative this year, Ms. Kim was recognized for her innovative use of instructional technology.


“Ms. Kim exposes students to a variety of software such as Flipgrid, iMovie, Keep, Notability, and Padlet, through which they create, edit, improve and publish their work,” Ms. Ostroff said.  “She has also embraced technology as a tool to connect with students who are learning English as a new language.”


Ms. Link pioneered the integration of 1:1 devices at the 4th grade level after receiving an Innovation Grant last year.


“Through Nearpod, Flipgrid, Peardeck and hyperlinked documents, Ms. Link provides opportunities for students to own their learning,” Ms. Ostroff said.  “Students in her classes create interactive study guides for others and collaborate on shared presentations.  Ms. Link makes learning engaging and fun for students by taking risks, experimenting with new software and keeping students at the center of the classroom.”


Ms. Kim and Ms. Link, who were accompanied to the luncheon by Mr. Joseph Pesqueira, K-12 Social Studies Supervisor and Ms. Lara Gonzalez, Assistant Principal of Oyster Bay High School, expressed their appreciation for the award, stating, “We thank the Board of Education and our District administrators for their vision and support of technology initiatives to enhance learning. The 1:1 initiative has made a great impact on individualized instruction for all of our student populations, and to see them benefitting and growing in ways that support 21st Century Learning is very exciting. We look forward to seeing where technology takes our students as the District’s technology initiative expands in the years ahead.”