David A. Pickler Technology Award:
Founded and funded by the first chairman of the Shelby County Board of Education, the David A. Pickler Distinguished Technology Educator Award exists to recognize teachers each year for innovative uses of technology to enhance instruction. Two teachers (one for K-5 and the other from 6-12) are honored for their contributions and a video of their practices is prepared and placed into the "best practices" section of the Shelby County Schools on-line digital video collection.
Award winners receive a cash prize for the purchase of curriculum materials, a personal plaque, and his or her name on a permanent plaque to be displayed in the county schools' administration building. The winners are honored as well at the district's annual Teacher of the Year Banquet and the videos about their contributions are shown to those in attendance.
2012 - Heidi Samuelson Oak Elementary School & Joy Bowser Bartlett High School
2011 - Catherine Young Riverdale Elementary & Leanne Hinkle Bolton High
2010 - Karla Hornsby E.A. Harrold Elementary School & Jennifer Boren Bon Lin Middle School
2009 - Tyler Salyer Southwind Elementary & Imogene Canady Houston High School.
2008 - Nikki Benzing Farmington Elementary & Jeff McCalla Bolton High School.
2007 - Janet Kinney - Millington Middle School & Elizabeth Wehmeyer - Altruria Elementary School
2006 - Carol Cordon - Bartlett High School & Michael Robinson - Houston High School
2005 - Paula McDonel - Collierville High School & Holly Rothman - Rivercrest Elementary School