Eagle County School District names tech director | VailDaily.com

Eagle County School District names tech director

Vail Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Kathryn Ferrel

EAGLE – The Eagle County School District has selected Kathryn Ferrel as its new director of educational technology.

Ferrel holds a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in computer science and information technologies. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience. For the past 10 years, Ferrel has held positions involving technical support and training both in the university setting and with leading software companies.

“We are thrilled that Ms. Ferrel has accepted the director of educational technology position,” said Sandra Smyser, superintendent of the Eagle County School District. “She brings a plethora of experience to this role, both on the technical and educational sides of the house, and has demonstrated the willingness to successfully lead and advance the technology efforts already embedded in the District.”

From 2001 to 2004, Kathryn was a grant coordinator at Colorado State University, where she designed, developed and delivered technology workshops for faculty, staff and students in the school of education while supporting faculty with the integration of technology. She also provided clients training on how to use and configure spatial databases for Miner and Miner, a business partner of Environmental Systems Research Institute.

Most recently, Ferrel was the assistant director of a Library of Congress Grant titled “Teaching with Primary Sources” at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, where she delivered professional development to educators throughout Colorado on the use of primary sources, managed regional grant projects, developed and delivered presentations to diverse audiences and presented at various prestigious conferences. During this same period of time, Ferrel was a content author at Jones International University in Denver, where she developed custom educational technology courses and worked on a special project for the Information Technology Department at the University of Northern Colorado, where she researched best practices for a database conversion project, analyzed data from current users and reported findings with recommendations. Previously, Ferrel has served as a technology teacher, education specialist and grant coordinator.

School officials worked collaboratively to determine the most suitable candidate for the director of educational technology position. Focus group meetings with staff and community members were conducted in order to provide input on the traditions they wanted to continue, changes they hoped for and leadership qualities necessary for the district to continue to succeed in the realm of technology. Advertising of this position took place at the local, state and national levels. Additional steps included screening, interviews, final recommendations and a definitive selection.

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