Pictured with her oldest daughter on Skype on an Ipad and her husband on Skpe on the TV!
Lion’s Pride Award Recipient – Mrs. Susan Casagrand
Presented on Tuesday, April 18, 2012 at the School Board of Directors Public Meeting
When you ask those who work closely with Sue Casagrand to describe her, the words they choose almost immediately are: vision, excellence, dedication, and an unwavering dedication to excellence. Sue Casagrand exemplifies the standards of excellence in her job every day. She consistently and quietly goes above and beyond the daily expectations of her position daily to ensure an optimal education for all Lower Moreland Students.
She did not begin her professional journey in education but certainly was a teacher at heart. She began her professional career at the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, PA as a Contract Manager from September 1982 to August 1992. In that position she was responsible for development, negotiations and management of major contracts for research and development and ADP (Automated Data Processing) related equipment.
After ten years as a Contract Manager, Sue began her career in education. Almost immediately, she began to make technology a highly successful teaching and learning tool. As a second grade teacher in the Hatboro-Horsham School District, Sue harnessed the power of donations and existing Apple computers to create a small computer lab in her classroom. Sue's students were among the first in that district to create electronic portfolios of their work utilizing Dream writers to capture their writing samples and Hyper Studio to create their portfolios.
In 1996, Sue was sought after to apply for the newly created Instructional Technology Specialist position. In her new position, Sue was instrumental in assisting teachers to use laptops and classroom computers as highly successful teaching and learning tools.
In 2001, Sue was again sought after by the Superintendent of Schools to provide the energy and vision for Technology in the Hatboro-Horsham School District. She was hired as the Chief Information Officer and presented the idea of installing a private fiber infrastructure to open up the opportunities technology could provide for teaching & learning. Sue led an explosion of technology integration in the district. Through her leadership, the Hatboro-Horsham School has been at the forefront of using handheld technology for many years in their elementary, middle, and high schools. It was in that district that she received the award for being one of the top three Directors of Technology in our county.
Since coming to Lower Moreland in September in 2008, Sue has overseen the LMTSD’s Educational Technology Plan. She has established a district wide technology committee, facilitated numerous opportunities for staff, students and our School Board to learn more about the 21st century skills needed to keep our students globally competitive. Under her guidance, the school’s notification and communication system, Connect Ed, was implemented, Internet safety forums have been offered for parents and students, and the Classrooms for the Future Grant was successfully implemented. Sue has worked with the Teacher Evaluation Committee to customize software for our administrations and teachers that brings ease and efficiency to the teacher evaluation process. She has led the district through a period of significant transition when our 4th and 5th grade teams moved from Murray Avenue School to Pine Road Elementary School. In addition, she works closely with Dr. Richmond and the entire leadership team to plan and implement professional development that promotes technology infusion into standards-based active learning environments.
In addition to the extraordinary contributions Sue has made in as the Director of Technology, she also volunteers considerable time to The Foundation for Lower Moreland Schools. Sue has spent countless hours with the Foundation’s head of fund development writing proposals to various corporations. As a result of Sue’s hard work and dedication, the Foundation was awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania State Department of Economic and Community Development to form a Robotics Club at Murray Avenue School. Sue has also played a leading role in the development of a proposal to Motorola, which will be submitted at the end of June 2012.
She is affectionately known by her colleagues as our secret weapon and can be found leading, co-leading or participating on committees that require vision and action plans along with program implementation. She is a mother of two wonderful daughters. In the true spirit of embracing technology, her oldest daughter and her husband joined in the presentation of this award via Skype while her youngest daughter joined us in person.
She has also been responsible for writing the nomination for our Board to receive two national recognitions. Three years ago, our board had been named #2 in the country at the NSBA for our technological advances for small school districts and then was awarded first place by the Center of Digital Education for being a technologically advanced district two years ago.,
Sue is a West Chester State University grad, graduate of Arcadia University, with a Master’s of Education in Computer Education Master of Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University, Great Valley, PA, August 1988 Bachelor of Science in Education. She holds a Pennsylvania Administrative Certification in Educational Leadership, a K-12 Certification Pennsylvania Instructional Technology Specialist Certification, NCMA Professional Contract Manager Certification Pennsylvania Instructional II Certification – Elementary Ed.
On a personal note, it is an honor and privilege for me to work with Sue. Her enthusiasm, dedication, and professionalism epitomize the qualities required of a Lion’s Pride recipient.