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Mark Laurrie – Niagara Falls City School District  

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For any school district, one way to measure success is by its high school graduation rate. Just six years ago, the Niagara Falls City School District was graduating 67 percent of its students. But thanks to the hard work and dedication of countless people, led by Superintendent Mark Laurrie, that number has risen to 86 […]

Mimi Royston – American International College

Est. reading time: 4 mins

While normalcy returns to campuses everywhere, COVID-19’s effects remain and not just for public health. With remote study options existing since the spring of 2020, opportunity has abounded for hackers. More recently, federal authorities have warned how the Russian-Ukrainian conflict unleashed a new wave of cyberattacks on Western energy, finance, communications and, yes, higher-education infrastructure. […]

Marlo Gaddis – Wake County Public School System

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Some days Marlo Gaddis can be found teaching elementary physical education classes. On others, she’s providing support to students with special needs. Her staff covers recess duty and steps in as substitute teachers. Basically, she says, she and her team dedicate several hours each week to doing “whatever the schools need.” As the chief technology […]

Mark Laurrie – Niagara Falls City School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For students in the high-poverty Niagara Falls City School District, computer-based learning starts in pre-kindergarten. This head start helps give students the same opportunities as their counterparts in more affluent districts, who likely have computers and internet at home, says Mark Laurrie, Niagara Falls superintendent. That approach worked just fine until the COVID-19 pandemic sent […]

Michael Milo – Catholic Memorial School

Est. reading time: 4 mins

All good football coaches do several things to prepare for their team’s next game. They study their opponent’s players, watch game film and prepare a game plan. Then, during each game, they adjust on the fly. Michael Milo has been a football player or coach since he was 9, growing up outside of Boston. Now, […]

Matt Penner – Val Verde Unified School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It was time for a change. Matt Penner was looking to leave the grind of consulting for something much more fulfilling. And while casting about for prospects, the IT expert interviewed—and in the same week, no less—with two vastly different enterprises: a large casino, and Perris California’s Val Verde Unified School District. It was then, […]

Michael Walthour – LaPorte Community School Corporation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Heading into the 2019-2020 school year, Michael Walthour’s goal was somewhat broad, but critically important: to make things easier for the faculty and students of the 11 schools in the LaPorte Community School Corporation. But nothing could prepare him for what came next—or how challenging it would be: helping the district navigate the unprecedented COVID-19 […]

Mick Nealeigh – Milton-Union Exempted Village School District

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When it opened in 2012, the new campus for the Milton-Union Exempted Village School District in Ohio not only brought the elementary, middle and high schools together in one building, it also set new standards for sustainability and energy efficiency. There’s a 75,000-gallon reclamation system that filters and prepares rainwater to be used for flushing […]

Mark Murray – Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Early morning ice time and hours of rigorous practice made for some pretty long days for Gabriel Malek, a high school student who also happened to be playing in a premier junior ice hockey team. Studies were obviously important, but so was his potential pathway to the National Hockey League. The question became: how to […]

Maurice Tyler – Cecil College

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s been a long time since you sat at a desk, scribbling notes as a professor expounds about anything from grammar to shop math. It may even be your first time at a desk since you were in high school, when time management, paying bills, raising a family and finding a new career were not […]


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