Instructure has announced the winners of its inaugural Educator of the Year Awards at the annual InstructureCon edtech conference. One of those recipients, chosen from educators across the country, was a teacher with Delaware City Schools.

Building on the success of the 2018 awards, the Educator of the Year Awards recognizes outstanding educators working to further teaching as well as shape the next generation of students. This year’s six winners represent education innovation in both the K-12 and higher education fields.

“Each winner is dedicated to their students’ success and is using Canvas to improve teaching and elevate learning,” said Melissa Loble, SVP of customer success and partnerships at Instructure. “Their inspiring stories showcase the role that technology plays in education and how we can use it to prepare students for the world outside of the classroom. Congratulations to all of our winners!”

The Canvas Educator of the Year Award winner at the Middle School level was Jon Kelley, Sixth Grade Science Teacher at Dempsey Middle School.

Jon has revolutionized his teaching using technology and hands-on learning experiences. His classroom is a blended experience with students working on content that meets their individual needs, learning styles, and levels.

“I like having fun and trying new things, so when we started using Canvas, I jumped right in,” says Jon. “Using technology has helped me make time to research new methods and new content, and build relationships with my students. It helps me assist and meet the needs of all of my students and be more of a facilitator.”

The Canvas Educator of the Year Awards were judged on the following criteria:

  • How does this teacher redefine traditional classroom activities to prepare students for college and careers?
  • How does this teacher’s classroom experience improve achievement for at-risk populations?
  • How does this teacher impact student engagement, curiosity and/or achievement?

Instructure helps people grow from the first day of school to the last day of work. More than 30 million people use the Canvas Learning Management Platform for schools and the Bridge Employee Development Platform for businesses. More information at

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