The New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education (NHSTE) is a non-profit organization formed by volunteers to improve education through the use of information technologies.

NHSTE provides a structure for linking educators across the state to share the effective application of emerging technologies in New Hampshire schools.

ISTE's Making IT Happen Awards

The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.

2016 Award Winners are John Martin and Donna Dennis!

We skyped with John to let him know he won! Donna described why he was nominated for the award. Then we had a surprise for Donna! She was the other winner! Congratulations to both!


Each winner receives a jacket, certificate and a feather boa (tradition).

Click here for more photos and videos of the Award Ceremony.


Past NHSTE Award Winners

2015 - Ina Ahern and Kathy Malsbenden

2014 - Deb Boisvert and Bill Carozza 

2013 - Maria Knee and Mike Wakefield

2012 - Roy Bailey and Glen Page

2011 - Cyndi Dunlap and Cathy Higgins


Award recipients are educators who:

  • Apply available technology now.
  • Move forward and don't look back.
  • See students as real people.
  • Teach through relationships, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing.
  • Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process.
  • Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration.
  • Expect success.
  • Motivate through awareness and access to information.



2015 Winners



Ina Ahern
Ina Ahern, a teacher at Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, NH, was recognized by the NH Society for Technology in Education‚Äč with a Making IT Happen award for her efforts to help students learn and use GIS in the classroom.

Kathy Malsbenden

Kathy Malsbenden is a technology enthusiast who melded her two passions, teaching and technology during her 25 years in public and private education. Recently retired, Kathy served as Merrimack Valley School District's first Technology Coordinator from 2000 to 2009. While in this position she established herself as an avid supporter for technology integration in classrooms throughout the state. She initiated a technology mentor program for teachers in her district, served on the NHSTE Board as Professional Development Chair and President, and directed the Capital Area Center for Educational Support (CACES), one of six NH Local Educational Support Centers. Prior to her tenure as a technology coordinator she taught preschool through fifth grades in Merrimack, Franklin, and Webster, NH incorporating available technology to support student learning. Kathy remains involved in education by attending and presenting at workshops and conferences as well as offering her assistance to teachers and school districts.




For more information, click here to visit ISTE's Making IT Happen Awards Page.


Making IT Happen Award winners from all over the nation at the ISTE 2015 Awards Celebration Luncheon. Image courtesy of ISTE.
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