Brett Zabel Named Technology Teacher of the Year
|Wasatch High School Digital Media teacher and IT specialist, Brett Zabel, was named the 2011 Teacher of the Year by UACTE (Utah Association for Career and Technical Education) at their annual convention the past weekend. Mr. Zabel was chosen because of the innovative programs he has implemented for students in his classroom as well as the outstanding leadership that he has provided statewide for technology teachers.
Mr. Zabel teachers Digital Media, 3D Graphics and Animation, Network Administration and Computer Technology. He also is the technology specialist for Wasatch County School District and provides many specialized training sessions for teachers and administrators in the district to keep them current in their technology skills.
Recently, Mr. Zabel brought the iTunes U Channel to Wasatch School District which allows student projects to be viewed online through iTunes. In addition to providing an outlet for student work, it also provides specialized video lectures prepared by teachers for use by substitutes. This enables teachers to control the content of their lessons, even on those occasions where they may need to be out of the classroom.
“I enjoy working with young people,” said Mr. Zabel. It is fun for me to be around their energy and their creativity My students are excited about learning which feeds my enthusiasm. I love coming to school everyday.”
BY JOHN MOSS