MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- A local school superintendent is garnering national attention for his achievement in education.
Mooresville Graded Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark A. Edwards is one of four finalists in the running as the National Superintendent of the Year.
“I think this recognition is really exciting personally and professionally and I consider it a statement about the whole team,” said Edwards.
Edwards has been recognized repeatedly for his revolutionary technology initiative first implemented during his tenure as Superintendent in Virginia.
In 2007, Edwards came to MGSD to begin “preparing students for life in the 21st century.” He has been credited to helping fund laptops for every third through twelfth grader in the district.
“He really changed everything in Mooresville Schools overnight,” says Susan Menkel, a sixth grade Math and Science teacher at Mooresville Intermediate School.
Menkel says the laptops have added a deeper dimension to student learning. Her instructional videos allow students to learn at their own pace.
“So rather than showing it over and over again in class, they can watch, pause it when they need to,” explained Menkel.
Students are allowed to take the laptops home. Sixth grader Tageyana McIver says, "I like it because it teaches me more about math and you can go to the internet and figure it out.”
Her classmate Michael Goins thanked the Superintendent saying he prefers carrying a laptop than a heavy textbook.
Edwards was chosen among 49 State Superintendents of the year finalists. He says improved student test scores, and a 90% graduation rate has been some fruits of the initiative.
“Visitors have been coming from all over the country for several years now looking at what we are doing and modeling programs directly after this program,” says Edwards.
The American Association of School Administrators will announce the winner February 21, 2013 at the National Conference on Education in Los Angeles, California.