Kyle Pace

“As educators, we can get narrow-minded pretty fast being in our own little building all the time. With social networking, you get fresh viewpoints and varying perspectives. It opens up your thinking.”
— Ryan Henriksen for Education Week
— Ryan Henriksen for Education Week
Focus of Strength:Social Networking
Position:Instructional Technology Specialist
District:Lee's Summit School District, Mo.

Kyle Pace has been training teachers to use technology since he was a student himself.

Now an instructional technology specialist for the 17,500-student Lee’s Summit, Mo., school district, Pace recalls being fascinated with the computer his mother—a Missouri middle school teacher—received in her classroom when he was a child. His mother brought the computer home during the summer, and Pace taught himself to use it. He became so proficient that his mother, and her fellow teachers, would come to him for advice on the technology, particularly when Pace began attending the middle school himself.

“I informally became the teachers’ go-to person. In the summer, they’d have me come over and they’d say, ‘Teach me how to do this,’ ” says Pace, 36. “So teaching other teachers about technology has always felt very natural to me.”

His skills have only leaped forward in his current job in Lee’s Summit. This school year, he’s helping train teachers to use Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks, or Google laptops, along with Gmail and Google Docs.

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