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The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.

Project Tomorrow | Innovation in Education

For Immediate Release:
October 17, 2014

Amber Taylor

Orange County Principal, Teacher and Student Win Innovation in Education Awards

Annual Awards Recognize New Approaches to Preparing Students for 21st Century Lives and Careers

Irvine, Calif. —The principal of Jose Sepulveda Elementary School, a teacher from Tustin High School and a 10th grader from Aliso Niguel High School won the 2014 Innovation in Education Awards presented by Project Tomorrow and the OC Tech Alliance. The awards are given to schools, educators and high school students who are charting new paths in education.
 Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading nonprofit group focused on science, math and technology education, and the OC Tech Alliance have been recognizing outstanding education programs, educators and students for their innovative uses of science, math and technology with this award since 2006. 
The 2014 award winners are:

Innovative Schoolwide Program of the Year in Science, Math & Technology — honoring the strong leadership of a school principal in driving innovation in education with an outstanding, results-based school wide program

  • Jessica Banda, Principal, Jose Sepulveda Elementary School, Santa Ana Unified School District, Program: Science and Health Focus

High Impact Teacher of the Year in Science, Math & Technology — acknowledging the influence of a great teacher in his/her use of science, math or technology to significantly impact student academic achievement

  • Ed Hernandez, Tustin High School, 9-12 Engineering/Math Teacher

Emerging Student Innovator of the Year in Science, Math & Technology — recognizing eighth grade, freshman, sophomore, or junior high school students who are creatively using science, math and technology resources to solve a school or community problem

  • Samantha Langit, Aliso Niguel High School, 10th Grade

The 2014 Innovation in Education Awards were presented at the 21st Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 in Costa Mesa. This year’s event represents the 9th annual education focused awards segment, a partnership between Project Tomorrow and corporate sponsors, Emulex Corporation and Microsemi Corporation.

Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, reports, “This year’s competition was the strongest yet, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize and reward the strong work each of the finalists is doing to advance STEM education in Orange County.  We couldn’t do this without the support of our sponsors, Emulex Corporation and Microsemi Corporation, or our partners at the OC Tech Alliance, so I want to express our gratitude to them as well.”
 More about the Awards, including this year’s finalists and past recipients, can be found online:

Nominations for the 2014 Project Tomorrow Innovation in Education Awards could be self- submitted or submitted by a district and/or school staff person. Organizations such as a PTA unit, parent advisory committee, or any youth based organization(s) were also eligible to nominate. An independent review panel of local education and business leaders selected the award recipients. The annual Innovation in Education Awards are open to all public and private schools in Orange County.

About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow (, a national education nonprofit organization headquartered in Irvine, California, supports the innovative uses of research-based science, math and technology resources to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creativity in K-12 students. Project Tomorrow addresses the challenges of developing schools for the 21st century through national research projects, community and school-based programs, online tools and resources, and advocacy efforts to ensure that all students are prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world.