VSTE names Cashwell 2016 Outstanding Leader of the Year

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Chief Academic Officer Dr. Amy Cashwell has been named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE). The organization honors one leader and one teacher in Virginia each year who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.


Leading the division’s digital learning transformation, Cashwell has sought multiple pathways to seamlessly integrate technology into the instructional program and support the personalized learning goals of Compass to 2020. She developed and implemented the division’s new school-based instructional technology support program, which includes an instructional technology specialist (ITS) in every school. Serving as instructional coaches in schools, ITSs also receive ongoing professional learning based on the division’s coaching model Cashwell worked to develop for all instructional coaches.

Cashwell established the division’s Digital Learning Anchor Schools initiative involving a cadre of 15 schools that study device implementation and develop digital learning best practices to support the expansion of digital learning programs in all schools. She continues to call for and support the acquisition and integration of digital instructional resources into the curriculum including textbooks as well as applications such as Achieve 3000, DefineSTEM, iXL and TenMarks that teachers can use to target student needs.


Cashwell is a graduate of Kempsville High School who began her career with the division in 1998 as a teacher at Glenwood Elementary School. She served as an assistant principal and principal before her appointment by the School Board in July 2013 to serve as the division’s Chief Academic Officer.

VTSE will recognize Cashwell at its annual Technology in Education Conference held Dec. 4-6 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Read more about Cashwell and the VSTE award in this VBCPS news release.

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