Trapper Hallam and Courtney Conley, of Utica Community Schools, have joined the Microsoft Innovative Educator program at the Expert level for 2021-22.

Trapper Hallam and Courtney Conley, of Utica Community Schools, have joined the Microsoft Innovative Educator program at the Expert level for 2021-22.

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UCS staff members join Microsoft Innovative Educator program at highest level

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 13, 2021

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA/STERLING HEIGHTS — Two Utica Community Schools Instructional Technology Coaches have joined the top level of the Microsoft Innovative Educator program.

Instructional technology coaches Trapper Hallam and Courtney Conley joined the 2021-22 edition of the program’s “Expert” level.

The school district uses Microsoft products, so Conley saw the program as a chance to learn new ways to use Microsoft Office 365 and other tools throughout the entire district.

“As a MIE Expert, I will be privy to tons of professional development, as well as opportunities to collaborate globally with other MIE Experts,” Conley stated in a press release.

For admission to the MIE Expert program, Hallam and Conley had to demonstrate their Microsoft proficiency and show how they made their teaching be more inclusive, supportive and inventive.

“I applied for this program to both grow as an educator and transform learning in my classroom. What I gained was so much more. The MIEE program has allowed me to continue to grow as an educator while equipping me with resources to share with my UCS students and colleagues. In addition, I am a part of this great Global EdTech Community who strives to do what is best for students,” Conley said via email.

Utica Community Schools Superintendent Robert Monroe said the experience of Hallam and Conley reflects how the district supports staff members in improving their skills and knowledge.

“Courtney and Trapper have demonstrated great leadership in pursuing this program,” Monroe stated in a press release. “I look forward to seeing how their efforts support student success throughout our district,” he said.

Hallam is impressed with the MIE Expert program.

“The sharing that takes place in the community is fantastic, and we get to bring all of that back to our staff and the district,” Hallam said in a press release.

He said he sees becoming an MIE Expert as a way to support other teachers and staff.  

“Joining an amazing group, MIE Experts, that I can share and learn from empowers me to learn and grow as Instructional Technology Coordinator. As an MIE Expert, I get the benefit of seeing and participating in the experiences of other amazing individuals and the accomplishments they have created in their own districts. If I can bring back just a piece of this knowledge to our district, (it) makes becoming an MIE Expert a valuable experience,” Hallam said in an email.

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