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Gonzales named among Top 30 Ed Tech Leaders


CDE17-ICON-Top-30_(1)The Center for Digital Education (CDE) today announced its 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers – 30 education and technology leaders across America who are transforming the education landscape through the use of digital tools.

Consolidated High School District 230 Director of Curriculum 
and Instruction 
Dr. Stacey Gonzales is among the Top 30 Education Technology Leaders on the list.

“Dr. Gonzales is driven by the importance of preparing all students for college and career readiness,” said Superintendent Dr. James M. Gay. “Her experience working collaboratively across the school district to develop the rigorous curriculum that integrates technology as a learning tool and prepares students for their future is one of the main reasons we hired her in 2015. She is doing remarkable work leading curriculum teams in District 230.”

Gonzales holds a doctorate in instructional technology from Northern Illinois University, master’s degrees in educational leadership and English from Governors State University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Xavier University.

The 2017 Top 30 winners were selected based on their efforts to improve education through effective implementation of technology-rich solutions; their impact on student outcomes; and their overall initiative, creativity and leadership skills.

“Our winners have shown an immense amount of passion and courage as they take on education in an era that encompasses rapid changes. They have demonstrated a unique ability to use technology as a catalyst to transform education at all levels and to have a positive impact on student success,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director, CDE. “I am thrilled to recognize this outstanding group for their work, and wish them the best as they continue to push the field forward with education technology.”

The Center for Digital Education’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers for 2017:

  • Desiree H. Alexander, Regional Director of North Louisiana, Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana
  • Linda Ashida, District Teaching and Learning Facilitator, Elk Grove High School District 214, Illinois
  • Jacob Bates, Techrangers Team Lead, University of Central Florida
  • Matthew J. Belanger, Assistant Vice President, Academic Operations and First Year Experience, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Ronald M. Bergmann, Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Lehman College/City University of New York
  • Amy E. Cashwell, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia
  • Chuck Chrisman, Executive Director of Information Technology Services, Southeastern Community College, Iowa
  • Richie Crim, Information Technology Strategist, CIO, Lord Fairfax Community College, Virginia
  • Aarti Dhupelia, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, National Louis University, Illinois
  • Frances Marie Gipson, PhD, Chief Academic Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District, California
  • Rebecca Gomez, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor and Director, Worden School of Social Service, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas
  • Dr. Stacey Gonzales, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Consolidated High School District 230, Illinois
  • Dr. Tammy Grissom, Executive Director, Tennessee School Boards Association
  • Tim Hardison, MATCH Program Director, East Carolina University and MATCH Wellness, North Carolina
  • Keeta Holmes, Director, Faculty Development, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Ryan B. Jackson, Ed.D, Executive Lead Principal, Mount Pleasant Arts Innovation Zone, Tennessee
  • S. Tom Kambouras, Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Education
  • Kristina M. MacBury, Principal, Sarah Pyle Academy; Co-Founder & CEO, Educate4hope LLC, Delaware
  • Evan Marwell, Founder & CEO, EducationSuperHighway, California
  • Michael L. Mathews, CIO and Associate Vice President for Innovation and Technology, Oral Roberts University and TalentQuest, Oklahoma
  • Andrea Milligan, Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Innovation, North Shore Community College, Massachusetts
  • Timothy P. Mottet, President, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Colorado
  • Michael Nagler, Ed.D., Superintendent, Mineola Public Schools, New York
  • Demetrios Roubos, Assistant Director, Information Security, Adjunct Faculty in Computer Science and Information Systems, Stockton University, New Jersey
  • Witt Salley, Ed.D., Associate Provost for Academic Innovation and Support, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Maryland
  • Dr. Scott E. Shiffer, Senior Director of Information, Criswell College, Texas
  • Ira David Socol, Director of Learning Technologies and Innovation, Albemarle County Public Schools, Virginia
  • Carla Streff, Director of Learning Technologies & Client Services, Northeast Community College, Nebrask
  • Marlon J. Styles, Jr., Superintendent, Middletown City School District, Ohio
  • Valarie Wilson, Executive Director, Georgia School Boards Association

About the Center for Digital Education
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Learn more at:

CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

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