UCS teacher named Microsoft Expert
UCS teacher named Microsoft Expert
Posted on 10/09/2020
Trapper HallemA Utica Community Schools teacher has been recognized by Microsoft Corporation as a leader in the effective and innovative use of technology in education.

Trapper Hallam, a districtwide instructional technology, is among 20,000 educators across the country to be named a Microsoft Innovative Educator.

As an MIE expert, he has access to a national network of educators who are sharing best practices on the integration of technology in the classroom.

"The value of the program to me, working with and being apart of a talented group of educators or MIE Experts and the wealth of knowledge that they share openly," Hallam said.  "In this community I learn from my peers and extend my own understanding.  I bring all of this back to the district so I can help UCS and our own teachers. "

Hallam, who has been with UCS for more than 20 years, was selected for demonstrating innovation and his leadership role to promote the effective use of technology in the district.

At the district level, Hallam supported a group of 35 teachers known as “The Gang of Geeks” formed shortly after COVID-19 moved schools to a remote learning environment.  The group effectively supported UCS teachers in re-aligning their curriculum to a remote environment.  

In making the award, Microsoft wrote: “(MIE Experts) constantly seek new and innovative ways to incorporate 21st-century learning into their classrooms and professional development. They go beyond their own schools and organizations by working with other educators in professional learning networks that impact students across their region and the world.”