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2015 Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award – Emily Boyer

Emily Boyer award

Clarkston teacher using iPads to help her second-graders

This newfangled technology is not only not a problem, it’s a blessing.

Emily Boyer is a second grade teacher at Parkway Elementary School in Clarkston, and, as the 2015 recipient of the Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award, she received $25,000 for her classroom.

Boyer was quick to snatch up as many iPads Mini tablets as she could, citing the technology-driven world we’re in as a major reason that children can effectively use technology to learn.

The children are learning keyboarding skills, and how to create presentations on the iPad, which they then share using an Apple TV.

“For ten years, I have witnessed the difference that technology can make in the classroom,” Boyer says. “The importance of math, science and technology education has never been more evident.”

As the Ferrucci winner, Boyer was able to spend the summer learning how to best utilize the technology. She will extend that knowledge to other K-6 staff within her school.

Read Lewiston Tribune article about Emily and award

The Ferrucci Award

The Ferrucci award is named for Dr. Vitt and Mary Ferrucci. It is a salaried summer sabbatical, of up to six weeks, on the WSU Pullman campus. It is given each year to one outstanding K-12 science, mathematics, or technology teacher. Recipients of this award receive paid travel, lodging, and project expenses as well as a stipend.

CONTACT: Suzie Skavdahl at and 509.335.8845.