Educator Awards Spotlight: Andres Gonzalez

Andres Gonzalez is the ESD 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year and is the Technology Director at Yakima School District

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I would advise them that an important aspect of success is mindset, as mindset influences behavior which in turn influences outcomes. Establish the correct mindset and there is almost nothing you can’t accomplish.

The current emphasis on equity for students and parents was brought to the forefront during the pandemic. Though schools were making slow and steady progress in this area, it now has increased attention at all levels.

Making sure that the technology is less of an “arms race” of the latest and greatest tools, and more of a methodical practice with skill-building and engagement driving the process. It should be a construct for all not just for those that would naturally succeed.

The pace at which needed/important change sometimes occurs. It took a massive disruption to students’ education to emphasize the need for government to devote serious attention and resources to improve, mitigate, and correct the long-standing inequalities in the system.

The impacts of technology on the whole child. We need to account for the positives and negative consequences in the areas of physiology, psychology, and social-emotional due to the use or overuse of technology, driven by schools.

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