Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Awards

Millions of students in the U.S. lack reliable access to technology, which can impact their learning and future opportunities after graduation.

Since 2012, Verizon has partnered with districts through the . VILS collaborates with middle and high schools to provide technology tools and training to transform teaching and learning. Six Ƶapp Unified schools are currently part of this program: Alice Vail Middle School, Lawrence 3-8 School, Mansfeld Magnet Middle School, Pueblo Gardens PreK-8 School, Secrist Middle School and Utterback Middle School.

Participating schools receive a stipend toward an instructional technology coach, who support teachers with professional development to effectively use technology in the classroom.

Each year, VILS celebrates standout programs and people with end of the year awards. This year, three Ƶapp Unified employees were recognized for their dedication.

Alice Vail Middle School

Alice Vail instructional coach Alicia Psenicka was recognized with the Stellar Coach Award! Alicia has supported establishing ongoing PDs for her teachers, engaged in 1:1 support, and continues to plan for sustainability as she enters into extension status next year.

Secrist Middle School

Secrist instructional coach Ameel Attallah was named a winner of the Stellar Coach Award! Ameel not only excels as a VILS coach but also as a soccer coach and his dedication, patience and organizational skills have made him an invaluable asset to Secrist and Ƶapp Unified.

Utterback Middle School

Utterback principal Taranika Sanders was awarded the Stellar Principal Award! Principal Sanders collaborates with her school leaders, teachers, and students to make Utterback an amazing learning environment. She has placed 21st-century learning as a priority, and her students are thriving. They now have a new opportunity to engage in esports, which contributes to higher levels of student engagement. 

Congratulations to all three award winners!

Alice Vail instructional coach Alicia Psenicka
Secrist instructional coach Ameel Attallah
Utterback principal Taranika Sanders
Brought to you by:

Dr. Flori Huitt
Assistant Superintendent