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Townsley, Cornally honored for leadership

SOLON– Honors for Solon schools keep piling up, but this time it’s a teacher and an administrator getting recognized.
Matt Townsley was named the Administrator of the Year by Iowa Technology and Education Connection (ITEC). The award is given to a K-12 administrator or technology director who is leading the way with technology integration in their school or district.
Townsley is the former Solon High math teacher-turned technology and curriculum director. He’s been leading the way to help the district update its grading system (to standards-based grades), setting up the video surveillance system at Spartan Stadium, restructuring Solon’s Extended Learning Program (ELP) into the Talented and Gifted program (TAG).
Townsley will be honored at an Oct. 15 ITEC ceremony in Des Moines.
More about ITEC can be found at www.itec-ia.org.
Science teacher Shawn Cornally was named as one of the Corridor Business Journal’s 2012 40 under 40 honorees, an annual recognition of young professionals leading in their fields in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids corridor community. Mr. Cornally, a peripatetic educator, entrepreneur and web developer, also was instrumental in helping introduce standards-based grading in Solon classrooms (with Townsley).
Cornally will be recognized at an Oct. 23 reception in Coralville.
Both have Twitter accounts and blogs: mctownsley.blogspot.com, twitter.com/mctownsley, www.shawncornally.com, 101studiostreet.com/wordpress/, twitter.com/thinkthankthunk.