Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Education Professor Receives Carnegie Foundation State Honor Main Heads Program on Using Technology

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU Education Professor Receives Carnegie Foundation State Honor Main Heads Program on Using Technology

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Byline: Joe Humphrey, Times-Union staff writer

"Children know how to learn in more ways than we know how to teach them." -- Ronald Edmonds

The quote is stuck on her office wall, scribed on a poster given to her a few years ago. It's a constant reminder of what drives June Main.

Main teaches teachers. And she's good at what she does, as evidenced by the assortment of awards the Jacksonville University professor has collected during nearly 30 years in education.

The latest, and perhaps greatest, honor was given today in Washington, as Main was named Florida Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

"If we could clone her, it would be absolutely wonderful," said Harry Teitelbaum, director of JU's School of Education.

A few look-alikes would also help Main juggle a hectic schedule. She's teaching 11 courses this year and serving on 10 JU committees. Main developed the master's degree program she now directs, in which students learn how to integrate learning and technology.

She won a $295,000 state grant to foster a partnership with Justina Road Elementary School, where JU students and professors work with faculty and students to integrate technology. The program is credited with raising performance at the Arlington school, which President Bush visited Sept. 10 to tout his education initiatives.

Main, honored and humbled by the awards, said she loves her job and is just doing what she can to help teachers prepare for their primary mission: "We've got to reach all the children."

During a recent class, Main worked with elementary education majors on using Microsoft PowerPoint, which allows users to design electronic slide shows. The discussion moved far beyond technology and centered on how to best teach -- and reach -- the children.

"Technology is only a tool," said Main, who earned degrees from the universities of North Florida and Florida and designed the lab full of iMac computers she uses to teach technology. …

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