Hamilton superintendent receives national recognition

Superintendent Mr. David Tebo strikes a pose for the ThunderHawk photographers.

Cameron Everse & Anthony Guillozet
Thunderhawk Staff Writers

Superintendent of the Hamilton School district Mr. David Tebo recently received an award from ¬†eSchool News for being a “Tech savvy superintendent.”

This award is given by the Maryland-based organization.

“It’s nice to be recognized for,” Mr. Tebo said, “but I won’t want to make a big deal of it. “I’m not looking ever for an award for myself. It doesn’t help me effect student achievement.”

Mr. Tebo was nominated by elementary school technology teacher Mr. Andy Losik, for Mr. Tebo’s positive contributions to technology in Hamilton.

Mr. Tebo said he is all about education and making it work for everyone. He doesn’t believe in just going to class and memorizing the standards, he wants students to actually understand what is going on and like the process. And it isn’t just student learning; he is constantly trying to help teachers do better too.

“This isn’t just student learning, it’s adult learning as well” Mr. Tebo said. “We use the ability to be connected and learning is available 24/7, 365 days a year. And so that’s always available. Adult learning is huge.”

Mr. Tebo was raised in Addison, Michigan, by a mom who was a teacher and a dad who was a principal. He was looking for a bigger district and a bigger impact. The thing that he liked about Hamilton and the reason he came here was that the school was the center of the community. He wanted to be a part of that kind of community.

Hamilton has always been a close-knit community, and one way that students stay connected to one another is through social media.

“I think Twitter is a way to get info out quickly if you have people looking at that constantly,” he said.

Mr. Tebo later went on to talk about using Twitter for telling people about snow days. He likes that Twitter is immediate and easy to get the word out.

In the future, Mr. Tebo wants to keep integrating technology and slowly get rid of paper/pencil learning. He wants learning to be fun and enjoyable and not something that seems like a chore. He is all about learning.

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