Classroom of the Future Foundation presented Rancho Peñasquitos resident Mary Kraus the 2013 Innovation in Education Award at the 10th Annual Innovation in Education Award ceremony held in May.

The award recognizes local educators for their ongoing use of innovative learning programs that foster student engagement and achievement. As the project specialist for the online and blended learning department at the San Diego County Office of Education, Krauss is noted as a pioneer for innovative learning practices.

Throughout her teaching and administrative career spanning more than 30 years, Krauss has made technology integration a priority. She has collaborated with the Classroom of the Future Foundation for the past 12 years and played an integral role in the development of the USS Midway Museum’s interactive program. Additionally, she received the 2007 California Outstanding History – Social Science Middle School Teacher of the Year Award and the 2011 Ed Tech Digest’s Leadership Award.

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