King honored as AzTEA Teacher of the Year–Initial Teacher Preparation


Jennifer Priest Mitchell

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College instructor Ashleigh King was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year, Initial Teacher Preparation by the Arizona Technology in Education Association. King worked with the college and her local school district to provide iPads and professional development for teacher candidates.

AzTEA is a professional nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase student achievement through technology in teaching and learning. AzTEA promotes recognition of educational technology advocates through these role-based awards.

In her position as an iTeachAZ coordinator, King teaches, leads and evaluates a cohort of 35 student teachers and provides leadership to more than 25 mentor teachers in the Tolleson Elementary School District.

King attended a professional development session delivered by the technology infusion specialists at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College last year. She then contacted a technology coordinator to discuss a partnership to provide intensive technology integration training for student teachers and their mentor teachers. King reached out to the Tolleson superintendent, curriculum director, and STEM director to develop the relationship.

Stacey Pasquel, technology infusion specialist at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, said, "Through her efforts in teaching future educators to use digital age resources to increase student achievement and use data to inform instruction, Ashleigh King is undoubtedly moving AzTEA's mission forward. Her willingness to take risks gives rise to her unique effectiveness as an innovative leader in educational technology."