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Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders

Making It Happen Award

The Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders' first “Making It Happen” awards were presented at the annual membership meeting at FETC 2000. The award had resulted in a tie. Winners of this distinguished international award have also been named at other national conferences. FCITL member winners are listed below.


2017 Winner
Making IT Happen Award
Sponsored by ISTE


Dr. Traci Kohler
Director of STEAM Resources,
Instructional Technology and
Media Services
Collier County Schools, FL
FETC, Orlando, FL

Year Name Conference
2017 Dr. Traci Kohler
Collier County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2016 Shawna May
Okeechobee County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2015 Matt Frey
Bervard County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2014 Gary Weidenhamer
Palm Beach County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2013 George Perreault
Orange County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2012 Chris Bress
Charlotte County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2011 Ken St. James
Monroe County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2010
(Tie)
Dr. Mel Pace
Osceola County
Dr. George Vensel
Manatee County
FETC, Orlando, FL

FETC, Orlando, FL
2009 Dr. Jeanine Gendron
Broward County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2008 Don Manderson
Escambia County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2007 Jay Feliciani
Pasco County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2006 Randi Zwicker
Coller County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2005
(Tie)
Tina Barrios
Manatee County
Jorge Ortega
Leon County
FETC, Orlando, FL

FETC, Orlando, FL
2004 Chris Yahn
Monroe County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2003 Gary Becker
Seminole County
National School Boards Association, Anaheim, CA
2003 Eileen Pracek
Brevard County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2002 Melinda Crowley
FL DOE
National Leadership Institute, Atlanta, GA
2002 Donna Baumbach
UCF Instructional Technology Resource Center (ITRC)
FETC, Orlando, FL
2001 Judy Ambler
Pinellas County
FETC, Orlando, FL
2000
(Tie)
Dr. B. R. Black
Polk County
Alice Ray-Overstreet
Polk County
FETC, Orlando, FL

FETC, Orlando, FL
1994 Dave Brittain
FL DOE
CCSSO Technology Conference, Atlanta, GA

You can browse the prestigious group of past international recipients on the ISTE Making IT Happen page.

The Making It Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators are having on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. To date, more than 100 educators have been awarded this recognition. The impact of this program has been felt at numerous conferences around the country. The focus of the Making It Happen program is on current practitioners, highlighting their significant contribution and encouraging them to continue their work. The program highlights the dramatic role educators are having on the learning process by using technology, and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. Making It Happen recipients are in our classrooms, districts and the state making it happen for learners everyday.
Successful integration of educational technology requires a common passion, initiative and pledge that can best be summarized by the Making It Happen Formula of Success. Nominees should exhibit these qualities.

The eight components of the Formula of Success are:
  1. Educators who apply available technology now,
  2. Move forward and don't look back,
  3. See students as real people,
  4. Teach through relationships - inspire, encourage, nurture,
  5. Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process,
  6. Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration,
  7. Expect success and,
  8. Motivate through awareness and access to information.

About 1994, Kathy Hurley, Pat Walkington, and Deb deVries got together at a conference and began sharing perceptions of conference activities. All three were disappointed in the commercial aspect of most of the presentations made at conferences by vendors or companies. While they felt it important to focus on products and their impact in the classroom, they also felt strongly that teachers and administrators using the technology should be featured and recognized for their grass roots leadership in integrating technology in the classroom. They made a commitment to work with state organizations and conferences to identify individuals who have really made it happen within their respective state or region and recognize them publicly. The resulting "Making It Happen" awards have been a wonderful way to recognize key educators around the country since 1995. This year, ISTE has taken on the sponsorship of the "Making It Happen" awards. Each award recipient receives the now famous “pink satin jacket.” Initially winners were female. When males began sharing the spotlight, a black satin jacket was selected for their award.