Amanda Moody, an instructional technology coach in the Wentzville School District, has been selected for the Google for Education Certified Innovator program. Moody is one of only 41 educators worldwide to be accepted into the program this fall and she joins a community of more than 1,700 passionate educators in over 50 countries who have been selected by Google to grow professionally, advocate for innovative technologies and drive school transformation.

The 12-month program kicks off with an in-person three day Innovation Academy held in New York on October 2-4, which is focused on helping new participants define, design and eventually launch a transformative project. Moody’s project is to engage the community to help support the work educators do in the classroom, ultimately benefiting WSD students. 

Following the Academy, Innovators stay engaged through mentorship, ongoing learning and development training, and special opportunities from Google to advocate for transformative technologies and practices in their school district.

“We are extremely proud of Amanda for being selected by Google for this honor,” said Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Dr. Megan Stryjewski. “This is a tremendous opportunity personally for Amanda as well as for our teachers, students, and community who will all benefit from the innovative tools and ideas Amanda will bring back to the District.”

Moody has worked for the WSD since 2009, first as an English teacher at Timberland High School before she was hired as a District technology coach in 2016.