Bright Lights in South Huntington

Superintendent Dave Bennardo congratulates his newest ‘Bright Lights,’ Mrs. Janine D'Elia and Mrs. Jennifer O'Dougherty at the ASSET Bright Lights Awards luncheon.
Superintendent Dave Bennardo congratulates his newest ‘Bright Lights,’ Mrs. Janine D'Elia and Mrs. Jennifer O'Dougherty at the ASSET Bright Lights Awards luncheon.

The Annual ASSET Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, January 10th, and Technology Integration Coach, Mrs. Janine D'Elia and Oakwood Primary Center's Speech Pathologist/Assistive Technology Specialist, Jennifer O'Dougherty were recognized with their "Bright Light Awards" as outstanding educators who use technology inside and outside the classroom. 

Mrs. D'Elia is an innovative educator that effectively uses instructional technology to enhance lessons and engage all students and teachers in meaningful learning.  She continues to create and design various Makerspace Innovation Labs across our district with tools such as 3D Printers and Mixed Reality! This is her fourth summer of successfully implementing the Wildcat Coding/Design Camp for students in grades K-8! She facilitates professional development sessions focused on the integration of technology within the classroom with students, parents, and teachers in South Huntington, as well as with other school districts across Long Island.

Mrs. O'Dougherty is a Speech-Language Pathologist and an Assistive Technology Specialist for the district. Her role as a speech-language pathologist allows her to work with elementary students in using innovative coding and computer science materials to target speech and/or language goals. This is her fourth year implementing an after-school coding program for elementary students. As an Assistive Technology specialist, she works with teachers, parents, and students to determine ways in which technology can be implemented to support academic skills, such as reading and writing. Mrs. O'Dougherty serves as the director for multiple STEAM programs on Long Island.

The Suffolk ASSET organization is a group dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning in Suffolk County school districts through the use of computers and other educational technologies by encouraging the integration of technology into the K-12 curriculum and ensuring that our students are provided with the educational opportunities necessary to prepare them for the 21st Century.

We congratulate Mrs. D'Elia and Mrs. O'Dougherty on their ASSET Bright Light awards.