Bethware Media Specialist Receives Coveted Technology Award

Bethware Media Specialist Receives Coveted Technology Award
Posted on 03/28/2022
Kerns, Jones, and Fisher

Ashley Kerns of Bethware Elementary was honored at the LeGrand Center as the 2022 Jolen Litton ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) Award recipient.  Among many nominations throughout the county, Kerns emerged as the top techie for her technology integrations toward classroom excellence.

"Mrs. Kerns has literally reshaped our literacy mission and goals by integrating technology into her media center lessons and by providing professional development to grade-level teachers on how they use technology in their classrooms," said Dr. Amy Jones, principal at Bethware Elementary. " I could go on and on about her dedication to our students and knowledge and technology. "

The ABCD award is presented to an educator each year who goes over and beyond what is required of them in the area of technology and encourages unique technology projects and practices within the school.

"We are so very proud of the innovative practices Ashley implements to cultivate excellence each day," said Tim Wease director of Technology Services with Cleveland County Schools.  "She is a superb educator and well-deserving of such a worthwhile recognition."

Named after Jolene Litton, the first technology facilitator in Cleveland County Schools, the award recognizes a licensed educator who is incredibly innovative with their approach to technology and its integration in the classroom, as Mrs. Litton was during her teaching career. The award is sponsored by the CCS Educational Foundation and the Cleveland County Schools Technology Services  Department.

Recommendation Letter Excerpt Submitted on Behalf of Kerns
Mrs. Kerns has a keen ability to instruct our entire student population in a way that is not only exciting but engaging. She uses 21st-century technology skills to enhance her lessons and our media center. She has created a love of reading in our students, and it has been a joy to see. Mrs. Kerns has taken the initiative to conduct a complete overhaul of our media center, and our students and our school are better for it. Not only do we have updated furniture and shelves, but she has taken it upon herself to make sure that our media center is outfitted with the best for our students. Her lessons are engaging, and the technology use is purposeful. One of my favorite lessons that she does is teaching our students about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Instead of reading a book about the parade, she finds visually appealing Read-Alouds that she shows on the Smartboard. She has students answer questions through Pear Deck, and the kids conduct a research project about the parade by creating a Google Slide to share with their classmates. She teaches them how to collaborate via Google Slides and how to efficiently and ethically research a topic. At the end of the unit, they make their own “float."  She asks for shoeboxes to be donated, and groups will decorate their float with their given materials. She gives the entire school the opportunity to vote on their favorite float, and the winners are announced to the entire school. The students may not realize it, but that singular project taught them how to utilize technology, work with others, conduct research, and put their ideas into action. That is just one example of the many projects that our students at Bethware get to participate in with Mrs. Kerns.