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PBS Announces Educators Selected For 2020 Class of Digital Innovator All-Star Program
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Program recognizes 19 teachers nominated by their local PBS stations as leaders in their education communities

Arlington, VA, May 5, 2020 – In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, today PBS announced the 2020 class of educators selected for the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program. Nominated by their local PBS stations, 19 educators were chosen from across the country.

The PBS Digital Innovator All-Star program brings together a community of PreK-12th grade educators who are innovators and leaders both in and outside of the classroom. Each of the Digital Innovator All-Stars was selected from a cohort of educators who are doing extraordinary work in their local communities, supporting student learning by integrating media and digital technology in their teaching environments, inspiring students to use these tools in responsible, effective and empowering ways.

“PBS is honored to recognize these educators for the invaluable role they play in their communities,” said Sara Schapiro, Vice President of Education, PBS. “We have been especially proud of the work they continue to do in these unprecedented times, establishing new and innovative teaching techniques through distance learning, further solidifying the reasons they were distinguished as PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars.” 

PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars will spend the 2020-2021 school year deepening engagement among students, families, educators, schools and their local PBS stations.

Below is a list of the 2020 PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars and their local PBS stations; their profiles and photographs can be found here.

  • Mariana Athayde, Lowell, MA (WGBH)
  • Alice Carson, Indianapolis, IN (WFYI)
  • Sarah Dahl, Livingston, MT (Montana PBS)
  • Dana Farr, Gainesville, GA (Georgia Public Broadcasting)
  • Jamie Fleming, Owasso, OK (OETA)
  • Robert Garcia, Little Elm, TX  (KERA)
  • Gabriel Garcia, Boise, ID (Idaho Public Television)
  • Mariana Garcia Serrato, San Jose, CA (KQED)
  • Kim Gerth, St. Louis, MO (Nine Network of Public Media)
  • Su Hudson, Albuquerque, NM (New Mexico PBS)
  • Scott Jackson, Brooklyn, NY (Thirteen/WNET)
  • Jason Lineberger, Shelby, NC (UNC-TV)
  • LaDonna Mask, Lansing, MI (WKAR)
  • Crystal Monteiro, Seekkon, MA (Rhode Island PBS)
  • Amber Moore, Huntsville, AL (Alabama PBS)
  • Rachel Murat, Binghamton, NY (WSKG)
  • Abigail VanBuhler, Ann Arbor, MI (Detroit Public Television)
  • Dee Dee Webb, Brownsville, KY (Kentucky Educational Television)
  • Warren Wise, Columbia, SC (South Carolina ETV)

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