Lancaster faculty to speak at VSTE Conference


Liz Hood, a newly-hired Spanish teacher at Lancaster High School, will be a presenter at the upcoming Virginia Society for Technology in Education Conference. The Society emphasizes technology’s role in education.

“We had an unprecedented number of applications this year for our three-day conference in Virginia Beach; 1200 educators will be attending the conference from Virginia and other states,” said VSTE executive director Karen Richardson.

“The fact that Liz’s proposal was accepted is an honor, as there are a fair number of return presenters including many instructional technology resource teachers who coach at the state level. Liz’s proposal struck the committee as something educational and engaging with take-away material that conference attendees can implement at their own schools in order to make changes similar to what Liz is doing at Lancaster High School,” said Richardson.

Her presentation is called “Be A Super-G and GoGo Google” and is scheduled for December 5 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Her co-presenter will be Lancaster’s ITRT Sarah Terry, who has a bachelor’s of education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and has 19 years teaching experience: 13 years in sixth-grade math and six years in fifth-grade math.

Since joining Lancaster High School in summer 2016, Hood also has conducted two workshops on incorporating technology in the foreign language classroom at the Foreign Language Association of Virginia annual fall conference in Williamsburg.

Hood has a bachelor’s in international affairs from University of Mary Washington, a master’s in Spanish from University of Virginia, a master’s of library and information science from the University of South Carolina and a master’s of educational technology from the University of British Columbia. She has 28 years of teaching experience in kindergarten through twelfth grade as well as college.

Hood graduated from Lancaster High School and lived in Northumberland County for much of her childhood. She returned to Lancaster County in 2016 after her marriage to Shawn Fay, and they live in Ditchley.

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