The Shelby County Owens-Young Memorial Technology Innovation Award is an annual award which spotlights teachers who are exemplary technology integrators and leaders.
The Owens-Young Award honors two former Shelby County School's technology employees whose work paved the way for teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms.
The first is Denise Owens. Mrs. Owens taught in Shelby County Schools for 22 years and became one of the District's first Technology Resource Teachers in 1998. Her work helped hundreds of teachers design innovative lesson plans using a wide range of technology. Mrs. Owens retired in 2000 and passed away in 2007.
The second is Michael Young. Mr. Young was a computer programmer who came to work for Shelby County Schools in 2007 as a network technician. He, too, made an impact in the classroom by ensuring that the technology and network connections in classrooms were working well so that students and teachers could take advantage of all technology has to offer. He enjoyed working with the teachers and students. He passed away in 2013.
This year's winners were nominated by their schools. Each will receive $1,000 in technology for their classroom.
Not awarded due to school closures
Jennifer Colburn, Oak Mountain Intermediate School
Caitlin Bolt, Oak Mountain Middle School
Landon Manning, Vincent Middle High School.
Mauri Crisler - Inverness Elementary School
Natalie Brooke Veazey - Calera Intermediate School
Charlsie Wigley - Chelsea Middle School
Jackie Plaia - Oak Mountain High School.
Melissa Johnson - Oak Mountain Intermediate School
Leigh Anne Brown - Calera High School
Chad Burdett - Oak Mountain Middle School
Shannon Goodwin - Chelsea High School
Jennifer Northrup - Oak Mountain Elementary School
Jason Mayfield - Columbiana Middle School
Patrice Marbry - Vincent High School
Krystal Lawrence, Fourth Grade, Shelby Elementary School
Tami Genry, Media Specialist, Helena Intermediate School
Ashli Polizos, History, Oak Mountain Middle School
Danny DuBose, Geometry and AP Geometry, Oak Mountain High School