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Jon Bowers Professional Development Tribute and Spence White Service Award

INFOhio and the Management Council celebrated the Jon Bowers Professional Development Tribute and Spence White Service Award recipients on Thursday, February 15th, at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC). The Jon Bowers Professional Development Tribute was awarded to Trish Baker and the Spence White Service Award went to Jim Martin.

Jon Bowers, former Director of the Licking Area Computer Association (LACA) ITC, believed in teaching and learning and passionately supported the premise of INFOhio. Serving on the INFOhio advisory board for 10 years, Jon worked vigorously to strengthen its foundation and to move it beyond the school library and into the classroom. He was influential in developing the INFOhio Integration Coach program (ICoach), which trains classroom teachers and other educators to use INFOhio resources effectively, while also helping educators to integrate the digital resources into their everyday instruction.

His sudden passing in 2017 was felt by everyone at INFOhio, the Management Council, and within the education and ITC communities he worked so passionately to support. To honor his memory, the Jon Bowers Professional Development Tribute was awarded to Trish Baker.

As an INFOhio Provider at LACA for the past 21 years, Trish has demonstrated aptitude in training educators to integrate INFOhio digital resources into their daily instructional strategies. In her capacity as an ICoach, Trish has conducted hands-on professional development sessions that provide teachers a place to practice integrating INFOhio’s digital content with the Ohio Learning Standards. Trish’s unwavering support of INFOhio resources and professional development opportunities, such as the ICoach program Jon so enthusiastically championed, makes her an ideal recipient of the Jon Bowers Professional Development Tribute.

The INFOhio Spence White Service Award recognizes exemplary service provided to the INFOhio community by ITC personnel. The recipient demonstrates a dedication to the vision of INFOhio and outstanding support for the delivery of the INFOhio project. Spence White did much to make INFOhio possible. As an ITC Director, Spence recognized very early on how the Ohio Education Computer Network could support INFOhio's vision of providing equal access to information resources to all Ohio students and teachers. Spence believed wholeheartedly in INFOhio’s goals, and he worked tirelessly to make INFOhio a reality after he retired as a Director.

While he is no longer with us, we celebrate his legacy and hold it as a standard of excellence as we move forward. We do that by recognizing the tireless efforts of others to make Spence’s vision a reality. This year's Spence White Service Award recipient is Jim Martin, who serves as Media and Classroom Technology Support at Lake Geauga Computer Association (LGCA) and formerly worked as an INFOhio Liaison at NEOnet.

Known for his robust understanding of the library automation system, Jim is being recognized for his willingness to help Ohio school librarians, INFOhio Providers, school districts, and colleagues across the state. He was nominated by Tamra Dugan, Media Services Support Specialist from NEOnet, with support letters from Bonnie Blachly, retired INFOhio liaison for NOACSC and WOCO, and Trish Baker, Media Resource Coordinator for LACA.