The CUE Board of Directors, Awards Committee, and staff are pleased to announce the winners of the annual CUE Awards, recognizing members who have made extraordinary contributions to the education profession.

This year’s awards recipients were recognized at the CUE Awards Reception, scheduled during the first week of the Spring CUE Virtual Conference.

In celebration of their hard work and lifelong learning, we congratulate the following 2021 CUE Award winners:

CUE Administrator of the Year Award

Sonal Patel

The CUE Administrator of the Year Award recognizes an administrator (principal, assistant principal, district/county office administrator) who has made a noteworthy contribution to promoting educational technology within his/her school/district/region. This award is presented to an administrator who demonstrated strong support for the belief that all students can excel academically, exceptional leadership in finding ways that technology benefits teaching and learning, a commitment to educational quality, student achievement, and commitment to professional growth, and creativity and innovation in building a learning environment that promotes ongoing risk-taking and exploration.

CUE Affiliate Leader of the Year Award

Tanis Haboush

The CUE Affiliate Leader of the Year Award celebrates a CUE member’s contributions and service to their local affiliate. Affiliate Leaders have helped grow and strengthen their affiliate and affiliate programs. Affiliate Leaders have made a commitment to technology in learning and to CUE and its programs by serving at the affiliate level for a minimum of three years.

CUE Blended and Online Learning Educator of the Year Award

Kimberly Voge

The CUE Blended and Online Learning Educator of the Year Award recognizes a teacher who has made a noteworthy contribution to learning in an online or blended setting. Supporting and engaging all students is the key element of this award. Nominees must be currently teaching either in an online or blended setting with K-12 students.

CUE Emerging Teacher of the Year Award

Marvin Reed

The CUE Emerging Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a classroom teacher who is currently in the first 7 years of their teaching career and has already made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting. Using technology to support standards-based curriculum is a key element in this award.

CUE Gold Disk Award

Dennis Large, Pamela Rabin, & Ryan O’Donnell

CUE’s oldest recognition program since 1983, a Gold Disk celebrates a CUE member’s contribution to technology in learning as well as his/her long-term commitment to CUE, its affiliates, and its programs by serving at the affiliate or state level for a minimum of seven years.

CUE Legislator of the Year & Advocate of the Year Award

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

The CUE Legislator of the Year & Advocate of the Year Award is presented to members of the state and/or federal legislature or an individual who have made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts in promoting the educational use of technology to advance student achievement through the introduction of new legislation, the successful defense of funding, or the support of other education legislation that supports CUE’s mission and membership.

ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award

James Kosako

ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award honors outstanding CUE educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage, and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.

CUE Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award

Stephanie Rothstein

The CUE Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a classroom teacher and CUE member who has made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom setting. Creating a standards-based curriculum using technology is the key element in this award.

CUE Platinum Disk Award

Andrew Schwab

The CUE Platinum Disk Award is presented to CUE members in recognition of significant ongoing contributions to the advancement of technology in education and an outstanding career-long commitment to CUE, its affiliates, and its mission.

CUE Technology Innovator of the Year Award

Sherri Renee Johnston

The CUE Technology Innovator of the Year Award recognizes TOSAs, tech coaches, librarians, technologists, and educators who may work at schools, districts, or county offices for excellence in technology innovation. This award recognizes CUE members who have made noteworthy contributions toward promoting innovative programs and uses of educational technology in their schools, district, or county offices. Using technology to support standards-based curriculum is a key element in this award, the application of which is on a broader scale than in a single classroom.

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.