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Sixteen Preschool Teachers Receive Award from Hatch, Inc. for Effective Teaching Using Educational Technology

Publish Date: May 5, 2015

Hatch, Inc. recognizes 16 U.S. teachers with the Hatch Technology Award for excellence in education through technology.

Hatch® Early Learning recognizes 16 teachers from 10 early childhood programs in six states for excellence in helping preschoolers get ready for school through the effective use of educational technology. The Hatch Technology Award is presented annually to teachers who are using iStartSmart® Kindergarten Readiness software and the Hatch Report Management system to help children learn early literacy and math skills.

Hatch Technology Awards winners are: Michele Counts, Clark Memorial (Tennessee); Linda Plaisance, St. Edward the Confessor (Louisiana); Adila Mithani, Kiddie Academy of Castle Hills (Texas); Tyranny Riddle, Hatley Elementary (Mississippi); Bettie Ward, Aberdeen Head Start (Mississippi); Burchelyn Herbert, Harmony Daycare (New Jersey); Jennifer Calvert, Calvert ABC Preschool (Mississippi); Judie Richardson, St. Joan of Arc (Louisiana); Richard Davis, Smithville Elementary (Mississippi); Erin Winkles and Vickie Everett, Ridgecrest Elementary (Alabama); Stacie Karstedt, Dig It Preschool & Childcare (Texas); Dorothy Courtney, McBride Early Childhood (Mississippi); Beth Charlton, Sewanee School (Tennessee); Debbie Brock, Rock Creek School (Tennessee) and Katie Sukduang, Grace Preschool (Texas).

"We select a small group of exceptional early childhood teachers who innovate each day in their classrooms through the appropriate use of digital technologies, producing tangible Kindergarten readiness results," said Ginny Norton, President of Hatch. "Hatch Technology Award winners are part of a nationwide community of highly successful teachers who use technology to enrich the classroom experience and enable children to better succeed in school and throughout life."

Hatch Technology Award winners are selected from a rigorous analysis of year-long performance and technology adoption data that is conducted using Hatch's cloud-based Report Management System. Only those teachers whose classrooms have the highest overall classroom scores in early literacy and math outcomes were considered for the Hatch Technology Award. The final selection represents a true measure of success for teachers and their programs.

About Hatch®, the Early Learning Experts:

Since 1984, Hatch® has transformed the lives of young children with technology and classroom materials that prepare them with essential skills to succeed in school and beyond. From interactive hardware to adaptive software and classroom supplies, Hatch is the leading early learning solutions provider nationwide. Child-appropriate hardware; research-based content tied to standards; and individualized progress monitoring tools combine to create complete classroom solutions that improve fundamental math, literacy, and social-emotional skills. For more information, visit

Aimee Fell
Hatch Early Learning
(800) 624-7968


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