Area Educators Recognized for Leveraging Learning Technology
On Thursday night, May 26, one superstar Charlottesville-area teacher will be named CBIC Educator of the Year and take a $2,500 technology grant back to their classroom, made possible by UVA Research Park. This year's finalists are Crozet Elementary School teacher Betsy Agee, Monticello High School teacher Eric Bredder, and Adam Mulcahy from Western Albemarle High School.
The CBIC Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by the UVA Vice President for Research, celebrates area educators who are not only innovators themselves but also nurture the spirit of innovation in their students. Last year's recipient, Katina Dudley, is an educator in the Albemarle County Public School system at Monticello High School where she teaches AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology. She is also the Director of the Health and Medical Sciences Academy (HMSA, or the Academy), a unique experiment in curriculum integration.
After visiting the University of Virginia’s Medical School, Ms. Dudley established the Academy in 2012 to provide students a foundation for post-secondary education or workforce readiness in certified health-related professions. The curriculum was designed to help students explore core content with technology through integrated projects, case studies, and focused learning experiences. More than 140 students are currently enrolled in the Academy.
The CBIC Awards recognize innovators for entrepreneurial pursuit (Entrepreneur of the Year), business maturation and growth (Business of the Year), new business breakthroughs (Startup of the Year), and local job creation (Top Job Creator of the Year). Additionally, CBIC recognizes the people representing the foundation of all of these awards, honoring local teachers (Educator of the Year), student entrepreneurs (Student Entrepreneur of the Year), and tireless volunteers who help enhance our region's technology focus (Volunteer of the Year). Since 2003, CBIC has gifted more than $30,000 to area teachers to help further the use of technology in area classrooms.
A list of all the 2016 CBIC Award finalists is below. Award recipients will be announced live at the nearly sold out 2016 CBIC Awards Gala on Thursday, May 26, at the Boar's Head Inn. Local businesses, government, and education leaders will mingle together in an evening of entertainment and comradery. CBIC Executive Director Tracey Greene, co-chair of the gala, was interviewed recently on NewsRadio WINA and on Conversion Factor about the importance of the CBIC Awards to central Virginia:
"This annual gathering seeks to inspire and inform as well as to further the creation of a community where we celebrate each other's accomplishments and recognize individual contributions to our innovation-based ecosystem. The gala also encourages attendees to develop relationships that create a fertile future for growth and expansion."
A limited number of tickets remain for the 2016 CBIC Awards Gala, which includes access to an expanded cocktail reception featuring startup companies on exhibit and a celebratory champagne ceremony. Until they last, tickets may be purchased online from the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council.
2016 CBIC Awards Finalists
CBIC Business of the Year
- Apex Clean Energy apexcleanenergy.com
- Diffusion Pharmaceuticals diffusionpharma.com
- ExploreLearning explorelearning.com
- S&P Global Market Intelligence spglobal.com/marketintelligence
CBIC Educator of the Year
- Betsy Agee, Crozet Elementary School
- Eric Bredder, Monticello High School
- Adam Mulcahy, Western Albemarle High School
CBIC Entrepreneur of the Year
- Andy Krouse, Cavion cavionpharma.com
- Mark Logan, TearSolutions tearsolutions.com/Home.html
- Brian Wamhoff, HemoShear Therapeutics hemoshear.com
CBIC Innovator of the Year
- Joel Selzer and Brian McGowan, ArcheMedX archemedx.com
- Suz Somersall, KIRA KIRA 3D Printing Academy kirakira.com
- Brian Williford, Tinkersmiths tinkersmiths.com
CBIC Social Good
- Charlottesville Open Bio Labs openbiolabs.org
- Grow Oyster Reefs growoysterreefs.com
- Totem totemfgf.com
CBIC Startup of the Year
CBIC Student Entrepreneur/Student Startup Venture of the Year
- Payam Pourtaheri and Ameer Shakeel, AgroSpheres
- Luis Solis, Caribe Juice caribejuice.com
- Kevin Eisentfrats, Contraline contraline.com
CBIC Top Job Creator of the Year
- Center for Open Science https://cos.io/
- PRA Health Sciences prahs.com
- WillowTree Apps willowtreeapps.com
Attire: Cocktail and business dressy attire is appropriate. Cash bar available.
ABOUT CBIC: Educate, Advocate and Celebrate
As the region's technology council, CBIC promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and supports growth and success among the Charlottesville region's technology-focused organizations. CBIC provides a forum for ideas and a collective voice on behalf of the technology sector. Through collaborative partnerships, educational resources and strategic relationships, CBIC enhances, publicizes, and champions technology initiatives that strengthen economic and social vitality in our area.
For more information, please visit our website at CvilleInnovation.org, follow us on Twitter at @CBICouncil, and follow the 2016 CBIC Awards Gala at #CBICGala #CVilleTech.