Woodbridge Teacher Wins Top Award for Teaching Technology
WOODBRIDGE, VA – A teacher at Woodbridge High School has been named “Coach of the Year” by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE), Prince William County Schools announced Tuesday. Kate Fielding, a high school instructional technology coach, received the award at the VSTE’s annual technology in education conference, held in Roanoke, in December.
As a teacher with over 15 years in the classroom, Fielding shares teaching practices with students and colleagues, helping them understand the ever-changing world of technology. Fielding is also working with other instructional technology coaches to improve digital classroom instruction and ensure digital equity for all students at Woodbridge High School, especially students who need to use assistive devices.
“It has been an honor to be nominated by my colleagues at Woodbridge, and nice to have been selected from among my peer coaches at VSTE,” said Fielding in a declaration. “I have great support from my administrators to enter classrooms and help teachers and students use technology in innovative ways. “
Fielding is particularly interested in the use of educational technology to improve home schooling for chronically ill students. “She sees educational technology as a bridge that can connect home, hospital and school. Katie’s life with cystic fibrosis has informed her concern for this often overlooked demographic,” VSTE said in its award announcement. .
Fielding shared the award with Tonya Coffey, an Augusta County Public School Teacher, and Daniel Vanover, a Wise County Public School Teacher.
In 2019, Fielding attended the Google Innovator Academy, where she completed a project focused on improving the quality of home education so that these students can feel better connected with their teachers and classmates. .