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E-TIPS Leaders Honored at
2nd Annual E-TIPS Celebration
May 20, 2009


From left to right,
Felica Piacente, Director,
Division of Prekindergarten Special Programs and
Related Services,

Trish Janus, Supervisor,
Physical Disabilities Program

and E-TIPS Leader
Susan Schmidt,
Media Assistant
Wood Acres ES.

E-TIPS stands for "Educators using Technology to Improve the Performance of
Students." E-TIPS Leaders have completed 75 hours of E-TIPS training demonstrating a personal commitment to improving their own technology skills, assisting their colleagues with technology, and using technology effectively to benefit students.

E-TIPS Celebration attendeesFrom the right:
Gwendolyn Mason, Director of Special Education Services,
Jason Hahr, guest speaker, Yvonne Smith, Physical Therapist, InterAct, and Felicia Piacente, Director, Division of Prekindergarten Special Programs and Related Services.


This year the E-TIPS celebration honored former MCPS student Jason Hahr, now a student at Edinboro College in Pennsylvania.

Since the E-TIPS program began in July 2006, nine MCPS educators have reached 75 E-TIPS hours or more. There are many more staff members are quickly approaching that goal.  E-TIPS Leaders were honored at the second annual E-TIPS celebration on May 20, 2009 at a CTI.  Each leader was presented with a certificate acknowledging their efforts. Certificates were signed by Dr. Carey Wright, Associate Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services, Mr. Sherwin Collette, Chief Technology Officer.

The E-TIPS celebration provided E-TIPS educators an opportunity to network.  Software vendors provided valuable doorprizes, including an Inland Mutli Plus Reader and a Fusion, which were raffled at the party. HIAT reviewed ways that MCPS staff earn E-TIPS hours including taking online courses, teaching E-TIPS classes, and participating in the creation of accessible curriculum materials. There was a presentation on the UDL Share Site.

E-TIPS classes are currently offered by HIAT, InterACT, the Technology Consulting Team, the Office of Supporting Services, and the Staff Development Programs Team. 

  • Our E-TIPS Leaders for 2009 include:
    • Jo Belyea-Doerrman
      4th Grade Teacher, Pine Crest ES
    • Barbara Britton
      Speech Pathologist, Paint Branch HS
    • Susan Schmidt
      Media Assitant, Wood Acres ES
    • Shira Sliffman, Occupational Therapist
    • Dan Wilson, Paraeducator SPED,
      Francis Scott Key MS

Lyda Bartsch
E-TIPS Leader '08, won the
Inland Multi Plus Card Reader


Updated February 23, 2011 | Maintained by Kathleen Hamm