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Lakeland Teacher Selected As Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

Mark Henkels was recently recognized for his use of technology in the classroom.
Mark Henkels was recently recognized for his use of technology in the classroom. Photo Credit: Contributed

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Mark Henkels, a seventh-grade math teacher at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, has been recognized by Microsoft as global leader in using technology to transform education.

It was recently announced that he has recently been honored as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, joining the more than 4,800 educators in the MIE Expert program worldwide.

Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educators to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology.

"I'm humbled and thrilled to be a part of such a diverse, global and active group and also to be a part of the Lakeland Central School District while doing it," Henkels said.

Approximately 13 teachers were chosen from New York. As an MIE Expert, educators build their capacity for using technology in both the classroom and curriculum. They will aim to improve student learning, advise Microsoft and educational institutions on how to integrate technology in sound teaching methods, and be an advocate at conferences, events and trainings for how Microsoft technology can improve learning.

"Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts are inspiring examples of educators applying new ways of teaching and learning in their classrooms that motivate students and empower them to achieve more," said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education for Microsoft.

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