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RSS employee receives national award

SALISBURY — The National School Boards Association has named Andrew Smith, chief strategy officer for Rowan-Salisbury Schools, to its “20 to Watch” Education Technology Leaders for 2016-17.

The national list includes education leaders from across the country.

“Andrew has a natural enthusiasm and love of education and learning that encourages those around him,” said RSS Superintendent Lynn Moody. “He is always optimistic and full of ideas on promoting our district internally and externally. I have come to rely on his expertise for moving our district forward.”

According to an association news release, those selected are being recognized for their ability to inspire their colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instruction strategies that contribute to high-quality learning experiences for all students.

“I am humbled by this honor, which ultimately reflects the amazing work going on in Rowan-Salisbury Schools,” said Smith. “This award also further acknowledges Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ pioneering innovation in educational technology. It is such a pleasure to serve the students and citizens of Rowan County.”

Smith is the only educator in North Carolina chosen for the list. He was named to the list Monday during the 2017 Consortium for School Networking in Chicago.

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