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Westside Educator Named Nebraska’s 2017 PBS Digital Innovator

Allison Pontious, a 2nd grade teacher at Oakdale Elementary, has been named the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator of the Year for Nebraska.

The program recognizes educators who skillfully approach teaching with a bold and fresh perspective, and who integrate digital media and resources into their classrooms in a way that sparks a love of learning for their students.  Pontious was noted for bringing technology into her classroom and working with colleagues through her District’s technology team, facilitating three “STEAM nights”, and offering students and their families a chance to engage in STEAM-themed activities together.

“Alli is Oakdale’s eMerge representative and is always the go-to teacher to ask any technology questions,” said Oakdale Principal Glen Jagels. “This year she has taken on the task of starting Oakdale’s STEAM Nights, where students have the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a different light.”  

As Nebraska’s Digital Innovator, Pontious will participate in ongoing professional development, share ideas on PBS platforms, have access to exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia, receive a free PBS Teacherline professional development course, and she is invited to special events, including the 2017 PBS Digital Summit in San Antonio, Texas.

“She is a passionate and creative leader,” said Dr. Enid Schonewise, Westside Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. “She is a graduate of Leadership Westside and is currently developing some innovative digital trainings in Leadership Westside II.”

This is the second year in a row a Westside educator has won this honor. Andrew Easton, an English teacher at Westside High School, won the 2016 award for Nebraska.

“I am very honored to receive this award,” said Pontious. “I feel blessed to work in a district that provides opportunities for teachers to take chances and learn from their mistakes. I’ve been given the tools and resources to gain experiences that best meet the needs of my students. I’m also very excited to collaborate and learn with other educators from around the country!”