Today the Board of Education recognizes an extraordinarily competent individual who does an amazing job at supporting the technology needs of the students and staff at one of our largest high schools. To say that Johannah Espey, is a trouble-shooter at Old Mill High, is an understatement. Being a Support Technician at a high school is no easy task, yet Johannah had no problem moving from a middle school position to a high school position, with an increased number of students and staff, and more responsibility. Over the past two years she has taken control of all the technology that has come through Old Mill and made sure that it is available for the students and staff to use effectively.
Ms. Espey’s clear vision of how technology supports and enhances instruction positively impacts the teaching and learning at her school. With the recent addition of SmartBoards and Document Cameras to classrooms, Ms. Espey has been instrumental in helping teachers become “connected.” She develops and distributes printed directions with screenshots to streamline the process. She provides individual assistance to teachers who may need a one-on-one session on how best to work technology into their lesson plans.
A high school that has an extensive program of offerings for students such as Old Mill, also has an extensive collection of software programs for various courses. Ms. Espey remains knowledgeable and up-to-date on each of these programs. She is a critical thinker and diligent in finding solutions to unusual problems. Furthermore, as a member of Old Mill’s Technology Committee, Ms. Espey shares important insights to ensure that technology is equitably and effectively being used to promote best practices in teaching and learning.
Johannah’s willingness to help with anything that is asked of her is admirable. She will provide coverage at another school if needed. She will lend her expertise to new support technicians. She is instrumental in assisting students, teachers and staff in the use of technology and helps them integrate technology into their academic lives.
Johannah Espey – your extraordinary competence in technology, your willingness to readily help all members of a very large faculty and staff, and your understanding of how technology enhances teaching, and learning make you a valuable member of Old Mill High School and Anne Arundel County Public Schools. So for these reasons and more the Board of Education congratulates you on being recognized as Employee of the Month for February 2014. Congratulations!