Melissa Davlin a Finalist for ‘Best of Boise’

Melissa Davlin, Idaho Public Television producer and host of Idaho Reports, has been named a finalist in Boise Weekly’s annual Best of Boise awards. Davlin is nominated in the “Best Columnist/Reporter” category.

The public is invited to vote for their favorite finalists in hundreds of categories when voting opens May 11 through May 25, 2022.

Unlike previous years, when the Best of Boise ballot was pre-populated with the previous year’s finalists, nominations for this year’s awards were completely based on write-in votes from the public, according to Boise Weekly’s Darce Johnson. Nominations were accepted from March 2 through March 21, 2022. “This year, nominations required people to take the time to enter the names of 100 percent of their choices,” Johnson said. Davlin was one of the top five most nominated for “Best Columnist/Reporter” under the “People” group and will appear on the final Best of Boise ballot.

Davlin is a writer and producer for Idaho Public Television and host of Idaho Reports, the longest-running public policy show in the West. She also produces for IdahoPTV’s history documentary series Idaho Experience. Davlin has won multiple awards, including an Emmy for her documentary on Chinese immigration in the northwest, the 2018 Broadcast Reporter of the Year from the Idaho Press Club, and the 2019 Enhancing Public Discourse Award from Boise State University. She currently serves as vice president of the Idaho Press Club.

Voting begins May 11 on the Best of Boise website and continues through May 25 (Davlin appears in the “People” category under the finalists for “Best Columnist/Reporter.”) Each participant will be asked to register with a name, email address and phone number to limit voting to one set of votes per person.

Best of Boise 2022 winners will be announced at a gala hosted on July 26 at JUMP. The list of winners will also be published in a Boise Weekly special section on July 28 and published on the Best of Boise website on July 31.

Meet the Staff Mondays – Andrew Brinker

We thought our readers/viewers might like to learn about some of the folks that work at IdahoPTV. Because there are so many people who work behind the scenes, you may have seen some of them, or maybe only heard about them. Today we would like to introduce Annual Giving Specialist Andrew Brinker.

IdahoPTV’s Carol Beres sat down with Andrew, one of several new employees, to tell us why he moved to Idaho and started working at Idaho Public Television. Andrew works in the development department as an annual giving specialist. “I get to talk on the phone with our donors and help them…during Festival, I was able to take part helping out around the set. I took phone calls and basically whatever anyone needed, I was one of the people able to help them out. ”

Andrew grew up in Portland, Oregon. “I ended up choosing to go to the College of Idaho, where I was an alpine ski racer, which was an absolute blast. I made a lot of good friends through that.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in business. After college, he returned to Oregon. “I was a Harbormaster for two years…it was a really fun time. I met a lot of awesome people. And I learned some cool things along the way.” But the Gem State was never far from his mind. “Now I’m back in Idaho which I really fell in love with when I was in school.” He has two younger sisters, both of whom are active in sports. “One of my sisters is at the University of San Diego. She’s a rower there and a senior this year. My other sister is a senior in high school back in Portland. And she’s a competitive gymnast.”

Andrew is discovering all the opportunities Idaho has to offer for the adventurous. “McCall, Cascade, the Boise River, the Snake River. Any place I can go hiking or fishing.” And don’t think he’s slowing down on the ski hill anytime soon. “I might consider the Wednesday night league (at Bogus Basin) next year for ski racing. I did that my senior year of college when I wasn’t ski racing and I had a lot of fun with it…it’s in age groups anywhere from 18 to 70 years old. So you just get all sorts of people and it’s really fun. We have slalom races and giant slalom races. It’s just a few runs each night. And you have different teams; and you see who wins.”

When he’s in the mood for a snack, Andrew likes both the sweet and savory kind. “It depends on if I make it, or not. Last weekend I made some Buffalo chicken wraps, which were really good. I had them in the fridge and just pulled them out whenever. But if it’s something from the store, just a Snickers bar, something like that.”  And he feels a kinship with a certain PBS Kids character. “I’d say that I can relate to Curious George right now, because there’s a lot of different things to learn right now. And every single time I learn something new, there’s just this big “a-ha” moment.”

He’s happy to be a part of the PBS family. “One of the biggest reasons that I just love working here is that I feel on a daily basis what I’m doing is making a difference in the world…and I’m able to have some awesome interactions with people (who) I wouldn’t otherwise probably meet on a daily basis, so I think that’s really cool.” And Andrew is enjoying working with our members. “We have a diverse donor base and I get to meet a lot of cool people.”

Andrew feels that IdahoPTV fills an important need. “The more I learn about Idaho Public Television, I realize that we’re one of the last telecommunication type of companies that doesn’t try to put in a political message…that today can really divide a lot of different people and I think it’s important for everyone to be able to get news that they can trust and they know that they’re just getting information, they’re not getting what someone thinks about it.”

Meet the Staff Mondays – Sara Spits

We thought our readers/viewers might like to learn about some of the folks that work at IdahoPTV. Because there are so many people who work behind the scenes, you may have seen some of them, or maybe only heard about them. Today we would like to introduce Financial Support Technician Sara Spits.

IdahoPTV’s Carol Beres sat down with Sara, one of our newest employees, to talk about her history in the state and working at Idaho Public Television. As a financial support technician, Sara “processes invoices, documents journal entries for deposits as well as other duties.” She’s also training to back up the front desk when they go on vacation.

A native Idahoan, Sara grew up in Boise. “I went to school here. I went to Boise State and graduated in 2010 with a degree in social work.” Sara has always lived in the Treasure Valley. “I’ve lived in Boise, Meridian and just recently I bought a house in Kuna.”

Growing up in beautiful Idaho, Sara learned to appreciate the outdoors by camping in a few different places. “We camped at McCall and Sagehen a lot and Brownlee, hot springs, over in the Magic Valley area, and Crouch.” Her favorite place to pitch a tent? “Sagehen. It’s been a while since I’ve been there. We would always go huckleberry picking and fishing. Rafting in the lake there.”

Sara was drawn to working at Idaho Public Television for the job opportunity as well as its mission. “For one, the work intrigued me. It’s where I wanted to start a career. And to have a product for everyone to enjoy and where you can connect with your community, I think, is a fortunate thing. Not everyone gets that (at work)…It’s something that I’ve always connected with and enjoyed growing up with.” She’s glad that her son has connected with PBS as well. “He likes Daniel Tiger.” That’s Sara’s favorite PBS Kids character as well. “I think he’s a great role model.” Her son connected with Daniel not only on tv, but on his iPad, too.

Enjoying the great outdoors is how Sara likes to spend her free time. “Walking the greenbelt. Biking the greenbelt, if I have a chance. I like hiking the Cottonwood Trails – simple trails…ones that are about an hour long in the foothills. I also like a good hot spring.” She has a fondness for culture as well. “I like the Boise Art Museum. I have an interest in art history.” 

Sara likes to decorate her home in an artistic way as well. “I pick a color palette. And then I pick items going off that color palette. And I have a few knock-offs of paintings by Degas and Jackson Pollock. They’re usually color-coordinated to my color palette.” She favors the Impressionist art movement. “I also like Rothko. I would describe his work as non-objective.” Rothko’s color-saturated paintings help Sara stick to a thematic element at home.

When it comes to answering the “siren song” for a snack, Sara is “recovering from a month of Girl Scout cookies!” Otherwise, her favorites are on the savory side. “Any kind of chip and dip. But I like sweets, so I don’t discriminate.” And her son enjoys snacks on the spicy side. “Takis. He loves those.”

Meet the Staff Mondays – Aaron Kunz

We thought our readers/viewers might like to learn about some of the folks that work at IdahoPTV. Because there are so many people who work behind the scenes, you may have seen some of them, or maybe only heard about them. Today we would like to introduce Production Manager Aaron Kunz.

IdahoPTV’s Carol Beres sat down with Aaron to find out about his beginnings in the eastern part of the state, the places he loves in Idaho and why he works for public television in Boise.

For those who don’t know what a production manager does, Aaron said, “I help the production department run. It’s like the ‘Production Wrangler.’”

Aaron grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho. “It’s between Pocatello and Idaho Falls. I think of it as a bedroom community.” Before graduating from high school, Aaron said he “joined the National Guard and decided that college just wasn’t for me.”

He returned to Blackfoot after his time in the military, finished high school and entered into the broadcasting business. “In high school I started in the radio industry. On the weekends as a high schooler, I pushed buttons. They called them a board operator. So I played the next song, I played the commercials…it was kind of fun. So when I came back from the military, the job that I had had at ‘Classy 97’, they were like ‘Hey, we want you back.’ So I went back and worked for them.” He worked for several different stations, eventually working in television. “I ended up at the CBS station, over there at Channel 3, as a weekend camera operator.”

Aaron worked his way up to videographer. “I worked for Channel 3 for three months…Channel 6 offered me a full-time opportunity. March 2001, I was hired by KPVI, the NBC affiliate over there as a videographer. So I was out in the field, working with their reporters. And I loved it, absolutely loved that. I worked with some really great reporters. They taught me a lot of things while I was in the early stages at KPVI. September 11th happened and that was my first on-air live shot. As things turned out, the reporter wasn’t available, so I did the live shot as an on-air reporter.” A few months later, Aaron was named the morning anchor. “We really did extremely well in the ratings.” But he couldn’t stay cooped up in the studio for long. “I anchored on the weekends, but I got to report three days a week. And I just loved that.” Aaron also worked for a radio station at the same time for the last three years there. “I did that right up until I came to Idaho Public Television.”

Funded by a federal grant, he was hired to report for Boise State Public Radio and Idaho Public Television as an environmental reporter. “It was a two-year federal grant, for what they called at the time a local journalism center. It did so well it got extended one more year.” Then he was tapped to fill an opening at Idaho Public Television. “I was co-anchor of Idaho Reports and also production manager.” He did double duty until 2017. Then, Aaron helmed the start of a new program called Idaho Experience and focused on that with his production duties.

While he lives and works in the Treasure Valley, his heart lies in the eastern part of the state. “It’s always been home for me. But I really, really love the Sawtooths. The mountains are just beautiful.” He recommends going there off-season. “The winter time, in the early spring – it’s quiet, it’s beautiful…I just love it.” In Aaron’s free time, he puts his work skills to use. “Photography, videography – those two things I really enjoy.” In addition to some other side work, he shoots dance recitals. “I certainly didn’t ever think that I would do that. But, here I am. I think I’ve been doing it for at least five years. Maybe six or seven.”

His kids enjoyed watching PBS Kids when they were younger. “My girls liked Caillou. My oldest…when she was younger, I was asleep on the couch, and she came up to me…she wanted to watch Caillou, but I had never heard of it at the time. I just thought she was saying baby talk…’I wanna watch Caillou.’ I was getting frustrated and so I was going through all the channels, and sure enough, there was Caillou. And I thought ‘Oh! She’s actually saying what she wanted to watch!’” As for the character he prefers, he likes a fuzzy friend. “I’ve always liked Elmo.”

When the mood strikes, Aaron enjoys a particular snack. “Oatmeal creme pies. I’ve liked them pretty much all of my life. When I was younger, I would pay my younger siblings to run down to Walmart and buy oatmeal creme pies and bring them back to me.” He’ll have one occasionally these days, especially when traveling.  

As for why he likes working at Idaho Public Television, he realizes the need that public television fills. “We are education based. Even though I didn’t go to college, even though while growing up going to school I didn’t do well…education is vital to kids and to adults alike. And Idaho Public Television and PBS covers that whole gamut…everything is geared towards getting people interested and telling good stories. And maybe at the end, leaving a question mark. That way, people don’t think they know everything, but they’re interested enough to go start looking. People who may not do well in school, who may not think they can hack it through four years of college…there are still many things that you can do to benefit yourself and benefit society. A lot of times the ones who don’t do well in college, they’re curious people. They want to learn. They just don’t learn in the same ways that everyone else learns. And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, a lot of times, they do very well in whatever field they find because they’re just naturally drawn to things…I love history and I love telling history and I love going out and experiencing history…for Idaho Experience, going through peoples’ old boxes that they have in their garage, finding these old photos and old memorabilia and items and objects that came from a time that I don’t remember…you’re learning simply by putting your hands on something and then asking questions. And that’s what we do at Idaho Public Television.”

Meet the Staff Mondays – Ruth Brown

We thought our readers/viewers might like to learn about some of the folks that work at IdahoPTV. Because there are so many people who work behind the scenes, you may have seen some of them, or maybe only heard about them. Today we would like to introduce Idaho Reports Producer Ruth Brown.

We spoke with Ruth about living in the Gem State. Originally from South Dakota, Ruth moved to Idaho in 2011. She first started out in print journalism in eastern Idaho. “I worked for the Idaho Falls Post Register as a reporter there.” And after living in the flat Midwest, she is very fond of the state’s mountain scenery. “Whether you go up north, or in the Treasure Valley…the landscape over in the eastern part of the state as well, it’s a beautiful state.” Comparing winters, Idaho comes out on top as well. “It’s cold in Idaho, but not South Dakota cold. It’s just frozen tundra, and blizzards and wind and bitter, bitter cold.”

Ruth likes to read in her spare time. “I try to read mostly fiction, actually, because I spend so much time absorbed in the news.” She is currently reading There There by Tommy Orange. “It was a Pulitzer finalist. Otherwise I finished a book recently called The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. It’s based on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota…I grew up in North Dakota for a bit. Most of my formative years were in South Dakota, but both of my parents worked for tribal government, and so we lived near several reservations in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.”

As far as PBS Kids goes, Ruth is a diehard Mr. Rogers fan. “Definitely. I watched a lot of Mr. Roger’s. Loved the puppets. And “Reading Rainbow” as well. Those are my childhood shows that were go-tos.”

As far as snacks go, Ruth likes to keep it savory. “My favorite food is avocadoes. I’m a believer that avocadoes make everything better. And I like the black pepper Triscuits.” But when she has time, she is handy with a rolling pin and an oven. “I’m an excellent pie baker.” We hope to find out about that in the near future!

Meet the Staff Mondays – Dave Turnmire

We thought our readers/viewers might like to learn about some of the folks that work at IdahoPTV. Because there are so many people who work behind the scenes, you may have seen some of them, or maybe only heard about them. Today we would like to introduce PTV Chief Engineer KISU Dave Turnmire.

For those who aren’t familiar with what broadcast engineers do, they are the behind-the-scenes folks who among other things, keep the television signal on the air, keep our network operations running and sometimes drive (or snowmobile!) up to our transmitter sites around the state that need repairs.

Dave, a longtime broadcast engineer and Pocatello resident, keeps things running smoothly at our KISU station on the Idaho State University campus. “I fix equipment when it breaks, I keep an eye on our broadcast transmitter, make sure it’s legally operating as well as providing good pictures and sound for our viewers.” Dave helps out with some college classes as well – making sure the broadcast equipment is in working order for students using the production facilities.

He was born in Pennsylvania, but after a few moves along the way, grew up in Idaho. “We moved to Buhl, over by Twin Falls, and I went to school there fifth grade through junior high…and then high school in Homedale. And then I came down here to school (in Pocatello).” Dave started college in 1975. He started working at the station before it was called KISU. “I got a job working for what was then called KBGL (for Idaho State Bengals), because the KISU call sign had been taken by some other place elsewhere in the country. Then it became available and we became KISU, somewhere in the 80s.”

Although he’s been working in engineering for a while, Dave sees the allure of today’s high tech classes. “Now they’re focused on robotics stuff and it’s kind of fun…every once in a while I take a tour over there and I think ‘boy I’d like to go back to school again because they’ve got all these new toys.’” And he keeps up on the latest equipment. “A few months ago, I took an Intro to Drones class with a friend of mine…and they gave us some hands-on experience with some drones, ranging from a few hundred dollars up to some that were probably a thousand.”

In addition to his busy job, Dave likes to help out in the community where he can. “I volunteer on the State Communications Committee, which oversees the Emergency Alert System for Idaho.” In his younger days, he used to go hiking and skiing, but Dave’s current hobby is ham radio and he’s quite active in it. “There’s two different ham radio groups here and I’m on the board of one and I lead the other.” The group he leads is called the Portneuf Valley Amateur Radio Emergency Services. “We have a lot of athletic activities around here that are in the backcountry where there’s no cell phone coverage… and if somebody’s injured or they just run out of water at an aid station or whatever, and they need communications, that’s the kind of services we provide.” He says it’s a great hobby for “building things, having contests about how many states you communicate with, and talking to people all over the planet.”

As far as why he works for Idaho Public Television, he says, “I like the public service orientation.” Dave thinks keeping the Southeastern corner of the state connected to what’s going on in the Idaho Statehouse is a high priority. “I like to get things as close to the ‘horse’s mouth’ as possible.” And he doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon. “Why would I want to give up a job where I get paid to play with toys?”

Live Coverage of Jackson Confirmation Hearing Begins Monday, March 21

Idaho Public Television and PBS NewsHour will provide live coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court beginning Monday, March 21, on the PLUS Channel, one of IdahoPTV’s five free over-the-air broadcast channels.

The Jackson Confirmation Hearings: A PBS NewsHour Special Report will offer live, full coverage of the hearings, scheduled for March 21, 22 and 23. Coverage is expected to begin at 9:00 AM Mountain/8:00 AM Pacific on Monday, March 21, and at 7:00 AM Mountain/6:00 AM Pacific on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 22 and 23.

PBS NewsHour will provide anchored live coverage of each day’s proceedings. Judy Woodruff will anchor in the mornings and Amna Nawaz will anchor in the afternoons.

Monday, March 21, is expected to include opening statements by the lawmakers and Jackson. March 22 and 23 will include questions of the nominee. Note that testimony from witnesses in support of the nomination is planned for Thursday, March 24, and will be carried by PBS NewsHour online only.

IdahoPTV’s PLUS Channel is provided free over-the-air via antenna and through many of Idaho’s cable TV providers on these channels:

Eastern Idaho: Antenna 10.2, Sparklight 44

Treasure Valley/West Central: Antenna 4.2, Sparklight 1005

Panhandle/Spokane: Antenna 26.2, Time Warner/Spectrum 1275, Xfinity/Comcast 317, TDS 46/1046

Palouse/Camas Prairie: Antenna 12.2, Time Warner Xpectrum 1275, Sparklight 44

Magic Valley/Wood River : Antenna 12.2, Sparklight 44, Cox 116

Meet the Staff Mondays – Jeanne Gayler

We thought our readers/viewers might like to learn about some of the folks that work at IdahoPTV. Because there are so many people who work behind the scenes, you may have seen some of them, or maybe only heard about them. Today we would like to introduce Assistant Programmer Jeanne Gayler.

Jeanne works at our satellite office in Moscow, where KUID and KCDT reach our Idaho Public Television viewers in north Idaho and eastern Washington. IdahoPTV’s Carol Beres spoke with her about life in Moscow and her beginnings at Idaho Public Television.

Originally from Nevada, Jeanne moved to Idaho in 1994. Her husband’s job took them to Moscow a couple years after that. “We had heard nothing but great things about Moscow,” she remembers. “So we jumped on it. We took the opportunity to raise our two young kids in a nice small town.” She was a stay-at-home mom for a few years. “The day that our youngest started first grade, I interviewed at KUID, almost 20 years ago.”

She worked part time for 13 ½ years, and full time for the last six. “When I worked part time I did a lot of special projects. When I went full time, I started assisting Sherri Walton, our programmer, with programming the digital channels and maintaining a lot of the database information for our programs. I also help the communications department with the Channels magazine.” She still works on special projects from time to time, helping her stay connected to coworkers around the state. ”Working on special projects gives me a chance to know and work with a lot of the employees in Boise and Pocatello that otherwise I wouldn’t get to interact with and get to know. I feel very fortunate to be able to work for Idaho Public Television and continue in Moscow here. It’s been a wonderful fit for me.”

When it comes to her downtime, heading into the mountains of the Gem State is where she loves to go. “We love the St. Joe, Lochsa and Selway Rivers – or anywhere we can park a camper and fish.” She and her husband have bought a trailer and hope to do some more camping in the future. And she loves to ski. “We’re going to McCall soon to go skiing.”

Another hobby that Jeanne really enjoys is scrapbooking. “One of my favorite projects was when we celebrated KUID’s 40th anniversary. I took all of the historical photos and things that I could round up and I put them in a scrapbook to document all the history before it could get lost.” She remembers KUID was on the air in 1965. “That’s our claim to fame. KUID was the first public television station in Idaho, before they brought them together under the umbrella of Idaho Public Television.”

One way Jeanne has been giving back to her community for many years is through Christmas for Kids. “It’s a program where we gather donations of gifts and distribute them to low-income kids. This is my 22nd year doing that. We have an amazingly generous community here.”

Jeanne has stayed with Idaho Public Television in order to challenge herself. “It’s a chance for me to take my experience and really build on it and benefit the organization in some really new and exciting ways.” And she remembers relying on PBS Kids when her children were younger. “My kids didn’t know that anything else existed besides PBS kids shows. I feel like they got such a good start in life because of all of them.” Arthur is a favorite show of hers.

A fun fact about Jeanne’s name – it’s pronounced the French way, similar to John. “I’m named after my grandmother, who was French Basque. And my grandfather was Spanish Basque.”

Meet the Staff Mondays – Melissa Davlin

We thought our readers/viewers might like to learn about some of the folks that work at IdahoPTV. Because there are so many people who work behind the scenes, you may have seen some of them, or maybe only heard about them. Today we would like to introduce Idaho Reports Host Melissa Davlin.

IdahoPTV’s Carol Beres spoke with Melissa about doing the “dream job” of hosting the weekly broadcast and growing up and living in Idaho.

Melissa grew up in the Treasure Valley. “I was born in Boise. I grew up in Meridian when it was still a fairly small town.” She went to college in Moscow. “I really liked the University of Idaho’s study abroad program.” Melissa traveled to Nagasaki, Japan, for her study abroad experience. “Nagasaki actually has a fascinating history that predates the atomic bomb entirely. When people think about Nagasaki they, for obvious reasons, think about the bomb. But Nagasaki had the only port that was open to Westerners during the 200-year period when Japan was totally closed off to foreigners. So they have really unique social and food cultures there, a fascinating history that is entirely separate from the devastation of the bomb. I love Nagasaki. It’s a great city.”

Melissa has fond memories of going to the University of Idaho as well. “I love Moscow. It’s one of my favorite places to visit in Idaho. The landscape is totally different than what we have in southern Idaho, with the rolling hills that they farm on the Palouse.”

She worked in print journalism after school in Twin Falls, then applied at Idaho Public Television. “I was a guest on Idaho Reports a few times when I worked at the Twin Falls newspaper, covering the legislature. My husband got a job in Boise in 2013…and I applied for the Idaho Reports job and never in a million years (thought) I would get it. This is a highly coveted job. This is a dream journalism job for a lot of people and I didn’t have the broadcast experience. But I got really, really lucky that they took a chance on me.”

When Melissa has some free time, she enjoys the great outdoors that Idaho has to offer. “I love the access to outdoor recreation. It’s fantastic. I love the scenery. I love camping, hiking, kayaking, mountaineering and all these things that we get to do. And I really love that I can raise my sons in an environment where we can be on a trail in less than 20 minutes from our house.”  Other than packing the family up for a trip outside, Melissa enjoys reading, running and jamming on the guitar. “No bands, no performing. Just for fun.” And when she has a chance to watch PBS Kids shows, she has several faves, including Peg + Cat. “Peg is a delight. She likes to solve problems. She plays the ukulele. She has a cat.”

Getting to visit new places in the Gem State ranks as one of her top experiences with Idaho Public Television. “This job has taken me to every county in the state. It’s a really neat thing. And as somebody who grew up here, you think you know Idaho, right? But, I learn something new every single trip. And that’s why I love this job so much; because it really takes us to every corner of the state. I’m constantly learning new things.”

Nominate an Idaho Teacher to Be Our Next Digital Innovator

Idaho Public Television needs your help identifying a tech-savvy, innovative and collaborative teacher to honor as our next Digital Innovator.

The IdahoPTV Digital Innovator program recognizes Idaho teachers who enhance learning by integrating technology or digital media into their classrooms. Each spring IdahoPTV selects one Idaho K-12 educator to serve as Digital Innovator for the following school year.

Whether you’re a fellow teacher, a school administrator, a parent or a student, YOU can nominate your favorite classroom changemaker to be the 2022-2023 IdahoPTV Digital Innovator. Do you know an educator who pushes the boundaries of teaching to better engage their students, and who enhances learning by integrating technology or digital media into their classroom? A teacher who is passionate, bold and innovative? A classroom collaborator who is excited to share new resources and skills with fellow educators?

We are accepting your nominations from March 14 through April 15, 2022. Nominees must be K-12 educators holding a current teaching certificate and currently teaching in an Idaho classroom or working in an Idaho school.

You can nominate them online and include a one-page letter with the following details:

• How long have you known the educator?
• Why do you think this educator deserves to be the IdahoPTV Digital Innovator?
• What is something innovative this educator is currently doing in their classroom?

The winning Digital Innovator will be announced in May 2022. This teacher will have opportunities to explore new teaching strategies and share their knowledge with other Idaho teachers. Throughout the 2022-2023 school year, the Digital Innovator will partner with IdahoPTV education staff on professional development trainings for teachers around Idaho. They will also receive an expenses-paid trip to the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) 2023 conference in Seattle as well as a classroom innovation kit from IdahoPTV.

Read more about the IdahoPTV Digital Innovator program and watch videos from past Digital Innovators here.