Back to school with innovative educators

With back-to-school season upon us, it is a great time to highlight the importance of educators and school administrators who go the extra mile to teach students in innovative and exciting ways. The Center of Workforce Innovations (CWI) and the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana do this each year when they bestow the Fellow Award upon an especially innovative school worker.


When an individual receives the Fellow Award, the school at which they work also receives recognition. This helps to promote a positive image of schools in Northwest Indiana. In addition to becoming a Fellow of the Society, the recipient is awarded $500 cash and a commemorative plaque.


Marilyn Brunk, an educator from Griffith inducted as a Fellow, was honored for launching the first high school class in Northwest Indiana to teach computer science and programming through computer games.


Tom Clark, another inducted Fellow from last year at Lake Central, launched The Gold Star Honor Roll Project, which is one of the largest experimental learning projects in the nation.


These Fellows serve as shining examples of how individuals can be innovative in the field of education. The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana is a project of the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center of Ivy Tech Community College. The Society was created to discover and celebrate innovators. To learn more call 219-981-1111, or visit




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