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    Mylinda Mallon, Director of Technology Integration, named 2021 Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) Outstanding Technology Leader


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    On Thursday, March 18, during their keynote event, Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) surprised Mylinda “Mindy” Mallon, Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) Director of Technology Integration, with the NCCE 2021 Outstanding Technology Leader of the Year award during its keynote event. The NCCE 2021 Outstanding Technology Leader award is provided by NCCE, a not-for-profit educational technology professional development organization. 

    Mallon's 37-year career in education, 29 of those years with LWSD, was highlighted.  

    While virtually attending the NCCE 50th anniversary celebration with her team at LWSD, Mallon was honored for being a leader and advocate for students, teachers, administrators and staff.  

    "Mindy is the ultimate example of leading through a dedication to collaboration. She is a constant source of support for her entire team and dives in to do the difficult work with us every single day. I am so grateful for her focus on her team's well-being, especially during this pandemic. She checks in with us as a team and individually, and helps us advocate for our needs, recognizes us for our achievements and has developed an atmosphere that is incredibly conducive to caring about the work we do each day," stated members of her team. Others pointed out her leadership strengths and how much they respect and appreciate her.  

    Richard Snyder, Online School Planning Principal for LWSD, wrote in Mallon’s nomination, "Our district was ready to take the instructional use of technology to the next level when the school closures hit last March. Mallon led the effort of a district-wide adoption of Microsoft Teams for staff and the classroom by coordinating webinars, professional learning and support for teachers and staff. Without this work, the supports for teachers and administrators would not have been as seamless as they were."   

    NCCE CEO Dr. Heidi Rogers states that Mallon's nomination stood out from over 13 others because of her strength not only as a visionary, but how she leads through example and checks in with her team and individually. "Mindy was praised for helping her team advocate for their needs, recognizing her team for achievements and developing an atmosphere that is incredibly conducive to caring about the work her team does each day."  

    "I am so impressed that the LWSD team acknowledged and commented on how Mallon is strategic, positive, leans in, walks the talk, advocates, listens and promotes learning for her team members," Dr. Rogers stated. 

    The Criteria for the Technology Leader of the Year include: being a current member of NCCE, influencing technology education and having made a significant long-term contribution beyond his or her job description; having collaborated beyond the institution, building, district or region; and having participated in NCCE as a leader, presenter or volunteer.