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In this issue of The Technology Teacher, we'd like to spotlight Joan Haas as our Unsung Hero. Joan teaches Introduction to Technology to eighth graders at Conway Middle School in Orlando, Florida where she also serves on the school's advisory committee.

Joan served as Secretary for the Florida Technology Education Association and also as a regional president. She was part of ITEA's Public Relations Committee and Elections committee and is currently the ITEA Affiliate Rep for the State of Florida.

Joan has been actively involved in ITEA since she was an undergraduate student at Eastern Illinois University. Joan has participated in conferences on a regular basis and has done numerous presentations, particularly related to gender issues and middle school technology education programs. She has also served as a state delegate and was awarded the ITEA Florida Teacher of the Year Award in 1989.

According to Sharon Brusic, Assistant Professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Teaching and Learning, "Joan is one of those people who is a natural technology education teacher. Not only is she talented and skilled, but she has a great sense of humor and a natural ability to relate to young people. Her commitment to professionalism throughout her career is admirable and I think she's a great role model for young people in technology education, particularly young women."

According to Doug Wagner, former State Supervisor of Technology Education in the Florida Department of Education, Joan, "is someone I can count on to step forward to help shape the field of technology education."

Despite everything she has accomplished in the field of technology education, Joan still counts motherhood as her greatest achievement and certainly her children, Catie, 11, Stephen, 9, and Julia, 7 agree.


ITEA wishes sincere congratulations to all ITEA members who received grants, awards, and scholarships at the 63rd Annual Conference in Atlanta. Please turn to pages 29-30 for a complete list of award winners.


The ITEA 64th Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in Columbus, OH March 14-16, 2002. The conference theme is "Positioning Technological Literacy in the Mainstream of Education." With topics such as, "Model Curricula that Reflect Technological Literacy," "Effective Assessment and Accountability for Technological Teaching and Learning," and "Strategies for Gaining Acceptance of Technological Teaching," this is an event you won't want to miss. Be sure to visit the ITEA website at for upcoming conference information.


ITEA would like to recognize its members who are professors at the university and community college levels. These individuals play an important role in maintaining the viability of technology education through teacher education programs at their institutions.

Fawzia M. Abaalkail
Ron Abate
Anthony Akubue
Ari V. Alamaki
N. Creighton Alexander, DTE
Clayton Allen
Robert G. Anderson
Byron C. Anderson
Eric Anderson
Steve Archer
Shigehiro Asada
Jon Aull
J. Richard Bacon
Arthur M. Bagley
Douglas G. Baldrey
Thomas R. Baldwin, DTE
E. Allen Bame
David Barlex
James L. Barnes
Elazer Barnette
Richard W. Baugher
Kenneth M. Beal
Brian E. Bean
Charles J. Beatty
Kurt Becker
Thomas P. Bell, DTE
Gary L. Bell
UIf-Ingemar Below
Gary F. Benenson
M. James Bensen, DTE
Jared Berrett
Roger Betts
Richard M. Birch
Ralph Bisland
Chester D. Blake
E. Keith Blankenbaker
Robert E. Bloomfield
John E. Bonfadini
Paul B. Bordenkircher
Patrick W. Bottini
Scott G. Bradley
Ervin L. Brewster
Angelo Brown
William E. Brown
Dan Brown
Ton Browning
Sharon A. Brusic
Ken Bruwelheide
Stanley J. Bucholc
George H. Buck
M. David Burghardt
Richard L. Burns
Donald J. Buryanek
Joe Busby
Donald D. Buskirk
Lyn Butcher
James M. 

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