Boise Teacher Gabriel Garcia Named ‘Digital Innovator’

Capital High School principal Sandy Winters with teacher Gabriel Garcia

Idaho Public Television is thrilled to announce that teacher Gabriel Garcia has been named the 2019-2020 IdahoPTV Digital Innovator. Garcia teaches video production at Capital High School and computer science at Riverglen Junior High School in Boise.

The Digital Innovator program recognizes Idaho teachers who enhance learning by integrating technology or digital media into their classrooms. Each spring IdahoPTV selects one educator who will serve as Digital Innovator for the following school year.

“Gabriel Garcia was chosen as the 2019-2020 Digital Innovator because he exudes a passion for teaching students about video broadcasting, But Gabe does more than just teach kids how to create quality videos,” says Kari Wardle, IdahoPTV Teacher Ambassador. “He also encourages organization, inspires confidence, helps build leadership skills, and teaches students how to tell important stories, theirs and others’. We are so excited to work with Gabe and look forward to sharing his passion for education!”

Garcia will have many opportunities to explore new teaching strategies and share his knowledge with other Idaho teachers, beginning with IdahoPTV’s Educate and Celebrate event June 20 in Boise. Throughout the year, he will partner with IdahoPTV education staff on professional development trainings for teachers.

Garcia will also receive an expenses-paid trip to the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) conference in Seattle (February 2020) as well as a classroom innovation kit from IdahoPTV.

The IdahoPTV Digital Innovator Program is based on the national PBS Digital Innovators Program. Each Idaho honoree will be considered for the national honor of PBS Digital Innovator All-Star. For more information contact Kari Wardle, IdahoPTV Teacher Ambassador, at kari.wardle@idahoptv.org or (208) 373-7314.

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