Eddie Sawyer, ITS, ITF, instructional technology, weLearn 1:1

Eddie Sawyer has been selected the 2015 Classified School Employee of the Year for the Educational Service District 112 region. The award is given by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and recognizes an outstanding classified school employee in each ESD region of the state.

Sawyer received the award based on points acquired through his professional biography, outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration, resume and letters of recommendation.

A 1994 graduate of Fort Vancouver High School, Sawyer began his career with Vancouver Public Schools as a high school summer intern. He has been an instructional technology facilitator for Vancouver Public Schools since 1999. Sawyer earned his associate’s degree from Clark College in 1998 and his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in 2006.

In his work with VPS, Sawyer has directly impacted the lives of students by putting devices into their hands as part of the district’s weLearn 1:1 initiative. He led a project to introduce students with autism to devices, helping them to communicate and connect with others in a way they had not been able to do before. He works with staff to train them on the use of devices and helps troubleshoot issues that arise throughout the process.

Sawyer will be recognized along with honorees from other regions of the state by Superintendent Randy Dorn May in Olympia and at a governor’s reception in June. Sawyer’s application will be forwarded to the state level for consideration for the Washington Classified Employee of the Year award.