META Awards

 META Technologist of the Year  

The Montana Educational Technologists Association (META) presents the Montana K-12 School Technologist of the Year Program. This award is established to recognize the fine achievements and successes of a Montana K-12 School Technologist (Tech Coordinator, Tech Director, Tech Specialist, etc) at the State level. Eligible candidates for this award must be 17-18 META members.

2017 META TECHNOLOGIST OF THE YEAR - Russ Hendrickson    

Mr. Russ Hendrickson, Senior Information Systems Manager at Missoula County Public Schools was selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Technologist of the Year at the 3rd annual Montana Educational Technologists Association’s (META) METAtechED Spring Conference held March 14- 15 in Helena.

This award was established to recognize the fine achievements and successes of Montana K-12 School Technologists.  META awards this honor to a technologist who has had a significant impact on the future technology readiness of their school district, exhibits an exemplary level of collegiality and leadership, and who displays the ability to create change within their district.

Mr. Hendrickson has been an influential member of the educational technology community for many years, dating back to before META’s inception. His peers recognize him as an inspirational leader whose efforts have resulted in a significant rise in the collective professional development of the META organization.  He has guided his district to make tremendous gains in technology.  Mr. Hendrickson has served as President of META and is currently serving as the association’s Past President.  He was instrumental in creating a partnership between META and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school system technology leaders whose mission is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to create and grow engaging learning environments.  Mr. Hendrickson also serves as Chairperson of the META CoSN Council. 

META is comprised of educational technologists united for the purpose of advocating for and supporting the visions, policies, practices, and funding for technology within all aspects of teaching, learning, and professional productivity and supporting the education of all Montana children.  META and the School Administrators of Montana (SAM) members congratulate Mr. Russ Hendrickson for being selected to receive this award.