John Reiels, director of technology at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin, is a proud graduate of Nicolet who returned to his alma mater as a technology education teacher in 1987. With a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University and leadership training from the Wisconsin Academy Staff Development Initiative, Reiels has led the development of key technology initiatives that promote student and educator success.
 
With experience as a classroom educator, Reiels has a passion for using technology to accelerate learning for every student. Through the effective use of technology, he believes personalized, collaborative and connected learning experiences will drive effective student-teacher engagement, which will improve overall student achievement. Providing access to state-of-the-art technology and information-rich resources will empower every student to be a successful 21st-century learner anytime, anywhere.
 
Reiels also played an instrumental role in implementing Positive Attendance, a new method of taking and tracking attendance that shows when a student is present, not absent, during the school day. The new attendance functionality from Skyward gives students the flexibility and freedom they need during the school-wide study hall period.
 
“We owe a lot of our success with Skyward to John,” said Lori Reinhart, administrative assistant to the principal at Nicolet High School. “He has demonstrated innovation with the inception of Positive Attendance for our resource period, which other schools have modeled. He works with Skyward to achieve the results we need.”
 
Skyward is proud to honor John Reiels as a Leader in Excellence to add to his list of awards and recognitions, including the Wisconsin Technology Education Association’s (WTEA) Program of the Year Award, the WTEA Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to Technology Education in Wisconsin and the Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship Award.


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