MINFORD – When the pandemic hit schools last March, no one could have predicted how much this would change the way schools could continue to educate students.
One of the main groups that had significant changes and a lot of work to do were the technology leaders within school districts. One of them is Ryan Stockham, Minford School District Technology Coordinator who received the “Hero Award” from the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools (CORAS).
Minford Superintendent Jeremy Litteral shared a post on social media platforms congratulating Stockham.
“This award, intended for a district staff member who has made a significant contribution to the school district during the COVID pandemic, recognizes the hard work Mr. Stockham does every day for our students and staff, both in his role and outside of school hours.
The award was presented at a CORAS virtual meeting with remarks from Paulo de Maria, Ohio Superintendent of Public Education, Dr. Renee Middleton, Dean of Patton College of Education at the University of the Ohio, and Dr. Richard Murray, Executive Director of CORAS.
While Ryan’s contributions to our school system are too numerous to list, his dedication to helping teachers, staff and students in the district overcome the challenges of COVID has not gone unnoticed. Here are some of Mr. Stockham’s accomplishments over the past few months:
• Creation of site Web Falcon Relaunchpad to keep families in the know and view everything coming to school and COVID during the summer and throughout this school year,
• Creation of videos for teachers, professional development modules and other resources to enhance distance learning opportunities for students,
• Secure free technology from a number of sources to help get devices into the hands of students,
• Upgrade and creation of a live streaming platform for all sites sportsmen in order to allow spectators who cannot attend games to watch them online, and
• MANY other things to help many people throughout this school year.
The school district applauds and appreciates Ryan Stockham for all he does for our district, and thank you for doing so often without praise or notoriety. Mr. Stockham is truly a hero and deserves this award.
Stockham said he was totally surprised by the award because he thought he was getting ready for a virtual reunion with the state and when he walked in he saw his parents which he said when he saw his dad he didn’t think anything because his dad is a member of the Minford school board but with him there was his mom and wife Angela and he knew something was wrong. Stockham really had to organize the virtual meeting, but it was the award ceremony to him. The prize was there at the school and they gave it to him and he said it was a nice little ceremony. “I was totally surprised, I didn’t know anything about it. I hate recognition, but it was good.
Stockham was asked if he had ever dreamed when he started his work of Technology Coordinator, he should do things the way he did during this pandemic. He said that things like sending devices home and all the sanitation that’s involved, and in a matter of weeks, turning his school upside down into an inverted classroom, he could never have seen it coming. and also with the speed with which it had to be done. He said there were around 130 schools in the Coalition that created the award.
He said: “The hardest part was training our staff enough to be able to give the best possible education in this environment, which is what really haunted me more than anything. Even if it wasn’t …
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