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Former GNPS Director of Technology Receives Visionary Award

Photo of Marc Epstein holding his award trophy Marc Epstein, retired Director of Technology for the Great Neck Public Schools, is the recipient of the 2020 Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award. This prestigious award was presented virtually on Dec. 2 during the Long Island Technology and Education Summit (LITES).

The Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award is presented annually to an educational administrator on Long Island with “a clear record of driving the use of technology, a demonstrated ability to identify future needs and a passion for serving the educational needs of students and teachers within their school district.”

Mr. Epstein served as the district’s first Director of Technology, a position he held for more than two decades. Though he recently retired from his administrative role in July 2020, Mr. Epstein continues to serve the Great Neck Public Schools community as a hybrid and remote education technology consultant.

“Learning has always been a human and social activity, and technology facilitates that — which is what makes it so meaningful,” explains Mr. Epstein. “This award is a reflection of the educational technology program that we’ve been able to build in the Great Neck Public Schools. I’d like to thank the community for supporting our schools and supporting our technology program.”

During his tenure, Mr. Epstein lead innovative advancements in educational programs, instructional technology, telecommunications infrastructure, and professional development. He chaired various committees and collaborated with parents and staff to develop policies and plans that serve as the foundation for the district’s technology initiatives.

A few of Mr. Epstein’s most visible contributions include creating the district-wide 1:1 iPad Initiative, adding SMART Boards to every classroom, and launching the district’s website and social media presence. This past spring, he co-chaired the district’s school reopening committee for instruction and remote education.

 “The integration of technology into our instructional program is really where Mr. Epstein has left his mark,” said Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast. “The use of technology and the tools change over time, but the work that he’s done will be here for decades to come.”

Nominations for the Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award are reviewed by the LITES Planning Committee. The winner is honored during the organization’s annual summit, organized by Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Nassau BOCES, and Western Suffolk BOCES together with the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE).

A video of the award presentation is available on the LITES website at https://www.litechedsummit.org/Page/111.