Innovation in Education Awards


2016 Innovation in Education
Award Recipients

The 2016 Innovation Award categories included Innovative School Program, High Impact Teacher and Emerging Student Innovator. The 2016 Innovation in Education Award recipients were announced at the 23rd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The annual education-focused segment is a partnership between Project Tomorrow, sponsors Microsemi and the Orange County Department of Education, and the OC Tech Alliance.

2016 Innovation in Education Award Finalists

Innovative School-Wide Program of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – distinguishing a public, private, or parochial school that demonstrates innovation with an outstanding, results-based school-wide program. Award winner will receive $1,000.
*Tracy Barquer
Principal, Tustin Ranch Elementary, Tustin Unified School District
Rocky's Creativity Den
Dr. Michael Pratt
Principal, St. John’s Episcopal, Private
St. John’s STEAM Program
Dennis Cole
Principal, Mendez Fundamental, Santa Ana Unified School District
Mendez GATE Symposium
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. Award winner will receive $1,000.
Suzy Hardy
St. John's Episcopal School
Stacy Kline
Spurgeon Intermediate
Santa Ana Unified School District
*Scott Rosenkranz
Sunny Hills High School
Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Emerging Student Innovator of the Year in Science, Math & Technology – recognizing high school students who are creatively using science, math and technology resources to solve a school or community problem. Award winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
*Shalin Shah
12th grade
Tesoro High School
Capistrano Unified School District
Brandon Rossano & Eric Baker
12th grade
Tustin High School
Tustin Unified School District
Remington Wedin
12th grade
Brea Olinda High School
Brea Olinda Unified School District
* winner