Tara Masterson, a fourth grade teacher from Forest Road Elementary School, was recognized as a NASTAR (Nassau Association of School Technologists Award Recipient) during the Year End Virtual NASTECH NASTAR Awards Celebration on June 18. She was honored by the Nassau Association of School Technologists for her innovation, ability to seamlessly integrate technology into her classroom and exemplary technology leadership.
Ms. Masterson has served the students of Valley Stream District 30 for the past four years. She does an outstanding job utilizing technology on a daily basis and according to her, technology has transformed the way she teaches. Ms. Masterson integrates the computer software Google Suite into her lessons by having her students collaborate using the Google Doc and Google Slide features. She also often uses Google Forms for many of her assignments, Google Classroom to keep everything in one digital space and the SMART Board in her classroom to give students a more hands-on learning experience.
“One of my goals, since I have started teaching, is to move away from worksheets and increase the use of technology,” said Ms. Masterson. “Since then, I tend to create digital, manipulative worksheets that allow the students to drag and drop, insert text boxes, and watch embedded videos. All of this has increased the level of student engagement and interest in the topics that they are learning.”
Congratulations, Ms. Masterson!