Leia DePalo, an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher working at both Ocean Avenue Elementary and Norwood Avenue Elementary in Northport, was recognized by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies (ASSET) as a “Bright Light” for her work integrating technology into the classroom. Leia works with staff and students across grades K-4, diligently training teachers in one-on-one sessions and professional development workshops, developing techniques that minimize transition time, integrating technology into the school’s curriculum, and assisting staff to master new technology aligned with district initiatives.
Leia’s Professional Development is primarily teacher-driven, providing "just in time" support for teachers on topics relevant to their immediate classroom instruction. Leia is passionate about teaching and learning, increasing her personal knowledge, creating useful resources, and successfully supporting our district by integrating technology in the classroom.
Director of Technology Judy Proscia said “Leia is a true asset to our district, she brings so much to our department and really enriches it.”
“Since she has been with us, she has been so committed to integrating technology. To making sure that teachers have access to hardware, software, programs, and to making sure that the kids are enjoying working with those things,” said Principal of Norwood Avenue Michael Genovese.
DePalo was honored during a reception hosted by ASSET to recognize the accomplishments of educators, administrators or other district personnel who help make integrating technology into the classroom a smooth process and excellent learning experience for students.