School tech leaders honored

Matt Cieri of Westmoreland and Tim Kohlbrenner of Oneida were among school district technology representatives honored by the Mohawk Regional Information Center for outstanding use of technology in schools.

The Verona-based center, which serves a four-BOCES, five-county region, recognized one representative from each BOCES region who demonstrated effective use of technology, encouraged and assisted others in its use, and showed a strong vision in anticipating future technology trends.

The winners "of this year’s ‘Recognizing Our Own’ Awards showed tremendous leadership in integrating educational technology into classrooms, providing innovative learning opportunities for students," said Maria Rocker, who heads the center’s Model Schools program.

Cieri, Westmoreland’s technology coordinator for 12 years, is a resource for any of its technology needs, according to the information center announcement. He compiled its technology plan with an eye on the future, while directly relating the choices to student advancement and achievement. Kohlbrenner, an Oneida technology administrator, has been instrumental in getting the district’s technology up to date, the announcement said. The other winners were from LaFargeville and Mohawk.