Zach Rondot Portrait

CMU Ed Tech Alumnus Named Elementary Teacher of the Year in Troy Schools

Zach Rondot (Image from Twitter profile)
Zach Rondot (Image from Twitter profile)

Zach Rondot, an alumnus of Central Michigan University’s educational technology program, was recently named the 2019 Troy School District’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year and, subsequently, as Oakland County Teacher of the Year.

Rondot is a 4th grade teacher at Costello Elementary School. Out of 43 nominations, he was one of three selected to be Teacher of the Year. Troy School District shared a video featuring a few reasons Rondot’s students and colleagues believe that he is such an exceptional teacher.

In addition to being an educator, Rondot is also a blogger and enjoys speaking at educational conferences. He will be featured in the upcoming MACUL conference, March 20-22 in Detroit.

His session, “Authentic Audiences: What Happens in the Classroom SHOULDN’T Stay in the Classroom” will be co-presented with another Troy educator, Grayson McKinney, on Friday, March 22nd.

From his blog, Rondot notes that “My main mission as an educator is to empower my students to be strong, confident kids for more success, happiness, and fulfillment in their lives.”

He, with McKinney, is a co-founder of Innovation4Education, a consulting group dedicated to “show you how we have come to leverage technology in our classroom to cultivate critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.”

Zach serves on the CMU Master of Arts in Learning, Design and Technology Alumni Advisory Board, and is also a 2013 CMU graduate in elementary education. He can be reached on Twitter: @mrrondot


Update on March 23, 2019: This article was revised to reflect Rondot’s award as Oakland County Teacher of the Year with a link to The Oakland Press article.

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