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Northport teacher recognized as “Bright Light” for work with technology

Schools January 24, 2023

Northport teacher Leia DePalo with ASSET President, Dr. Patrick Kiley-Rendon at the Bright Light reception. Photos courtesy of ASSET.

Leia DePalo, an instructional technology resource teacher working at both Ocean Avenue Elementary and Norwood Avenue Elementary schools, was recognized by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies (ASSET) as a “Bright Light” for her work integrating technology into the classroom.

DePalo works with staff and students across grades K-4, diligently training teachers in one-on-one sessions and professional development workshops, developing techniques that minimize transition time, integrating technology into the school’s curriculum and assisting staff in mastering new technology aligned with district initiatives.

“Leia is a true asset to our district, she brings so much to our department and really enriches it,” said Director of Technology Judy Proscia. DePalo’s professional development is primarily teacher-driven, providing “just in time” support for teachers on topics relevant to their immediate classroom instruction. She is passionate about teaching and learning, increasing her personal knowledge, and creating useful resources.

“Since she has been with us, she has been so committed to integrating technology,” said Norwood Avenue Principal Michael Genovese. “To making sure that teachers have access to hardware, software, programs, and to making sure that the kids are enjoying working with those things.”

DePalo was honored during a reception hosted by ASSET to recognize the accomplishments of educators, administrators or other district personnel who help make integrating technology into the classroom a smooth process and learning experience for students.