Penny Creek Elementary
Mrs. Wanda Hill has had a very successful career in education serving school districts, students and teachers. Her career started in music education where she taught music in Junior High and then later was selected to move to the new High School in the district. She was one of nine people in Washington State that received a Music and Technology Grant and from here began her love for technology. Soon she was presenting at tech conferences and music conferences and she “caught the presenting bug.” Through OSPI, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, School Districts have asked for her assistance, with others, writing tech plans. She has had the privilege of reading and recommending state technology grants. While she was teaching music, she was chosen as Teacher of the Year in her school district and in her Educational Service District. Her lessons have served as exemplars for the state standards.
Since that time, she moved from being a music teacher to a fulltime technology teacher. She instructs elementary children and for the past 18+ years she has been teaching teachers the power of technology in the classroom for students and teachers alike. Two years ago she was selected as Technology Teacher of the year at the NCCE conference.
When she is not teaching, she is writing articles for state magazines and her articles have been picked up by national magazines. She has written for Learning and Leading in Technology (by ISTE), YAMAHA newsletter, and the WMEA magazine. She has been interviewed and named in books by international authors from as far away as Australia. All this has kept teaching and learning alive for her and she believes very strongly that technology opens the door for all children. Although she is recently retired, she still delivers professional development through NCCE now as a Microsoft Expert, staying current with the latest research and learning practices.