|Release Date: 8/28/2012||Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-419-8884|
TOWSON, MD— Google tm has selected Pikesville High School library media specialist Joquetta Lynn Johnson as one of approximately 50 educators from around the world to attend the next Google Teacher Academy, to be held in New York City on October 3, 2012. The Google Teacher Academy is a free professional development experience designed to help K-12 educational leaders get the most from innovative technologies. Each Academy is an intensive, one-day event where participants 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 – including leading at least three local professional development activities within a year and completing a self-designed project. "I still can’t believe I made it," said Johnson, a resident of northwest Baltimore City. “The application and one minute video I had to submit… really made me think outside of the box. I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with my students and other educators." Johnson’s entry video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZPtVAZSUsc. More information about the Google Teacher Academy can be found at http://www.google.com/edu/teachers/google-teacher-academy.html.