Minarets High School teacher Bob Kelly has been selected to be an attendee at the next Google Teacher Academy, to be held July 24 in Chicago, Ill.
The Google Teacher Academy is a two-day intensive program that recognizes educators who are doing innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology.
"I was honored to be selected and represent Minarets," said Kelly.
Fifty participants will get hands-on experience with Google's products and technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, and receive resources to share with colleagues. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other K-12 educators in their local regions and beyond.
Kelly said he is thrilled to be among those selected.
"After three attempts, I was amazed I was chosen," he said. "I would not have made it without the help of my students, chief among them, Craig Talbot. I would also like to thank Jon Corippo and Mike Niehoff who have given me the opportunities to work with such great students and staff."
Google Certified Teachers are K-12 educators with a passion for using innovative tools to improve teaching and learning, as well as creative leaders and ambassadors for change. They are recognized experts and widely admired for their commitment to high expectations for students, lifelong learning and collaboration.
The Google Certified Teacher program was launched in 2006 with the first Academy held at Google headquarters in Mountain View. The program has since held several academies across the US, Australia, and U.K., expanding the ranks of Google Certified Teachers to over 800 educators worldwide. The Google Teacher Academy is produced by Google, in collaboration with Computer-Using Educators (CUE, Inc), an educational non-profit organization.