Landa Rodgers, NISD’s Programming and Development coordinator, wondered why her supervisor was so worried about her having jury duty the day before, but soon realized why when her name was called as Northside ISD’s 2013 Innovator of the Year during a surprise announcement at the opening session of the District’s annual Administrator Institute on July 31.
Rodgers wiped back tears as she accepted the Ed Rawlinson Innovator of the Year award from its namesake, former NISD Superintendent Ed Rawlinson and Northside Education Foundation (NEF) Board President Merry Raba before a room full of administrators and colleagues.
“I was so surprised and am truly honored,” Rodgers said. “I love working at Northside. The people I work for and the people I work with are amazing and it is truly a pleasure to be part of such an outstanding organization.”
Rodgers received the award for her efforts in creating numerous one-of-a-kind technological tools that assist staff on a daily basis and help them efficiently obtain and analyze student, teacher and district data.
“This recipient is being honored for her technical support, her willingness to think outside the box, her pioneering spirit, and her steadfast dedication,” Rawlinson said
“It is hard to imagine a person in NISD whose work impacts a larger number of staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Brian T. Woods. “Landa's creativity and technical skills have saved the District thousands of dollars and, more importantly, helped us to be efficient in our work toward helping all NISD students meet their personal best.”
The Innovator of the Year award is presented annually by NEF to one of NISD's 14,000 employees whose creative idea is successfully implemented and can be easily adopted by other schools or for wider use. Nominations are submitted from throughout the District, and a committee from NEF selects the award winner from those nominations.