May 15, 2016

Exemplary School Award For Commitment To Personalized 21st Century Learning Environment

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Educators seldom get the credit they deserve. Especially during an election cycle, our education system is subjected to endless whipping, when in fact, school districts across the country deserve praise for the progress they have made toward personalized learning. At Extreme Networks, we feel a responsibility to call attention to the innovative educational leaders who are advancing the state of education in the country. Stand-out schools that lead by example and embody the best in American education are awarded the Extreme Networks Exemplary Award.

The vision of Zeeland Public Schools (ZPS) is to promote the potential of every student and recognize the importance of each person. To enable this vision, ZPS has implemented a pervasive computing-based mobile learning environment across the eleven buildings in their district. Their infrastructure readily adapts to evolving curricular needs. They recognize that everyone learns differently, so their network must be prepared to meet the demanding requirements of eBooks, streaming video, and blended or flipped learning.

It is our pleasure at Extreme Networks to award the Exemplary School Award to Zeeland Public Schools for supporting lifetime learners with cutting-edge technology. The award will be presented to Joshua VerHelst, director of educational technology services at Zeeland Public Schools, during a board of education meeting May 16, 2016.


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Front row, Left to right: Phil Uchno, Account Executive, Extreme Networks; Charlie Van Pelt, MidAtlantic Regional Director, Extreme Networks; Extreme Exemplary School District Award Recipient Josh VerHelst, Zeeland Public Schools Technology Director; Todd Brennan, School Board Trustee; Calvin De Kuiper, Superintendent.

Back row, Left to right: Rick Dernberger, School Board Vice President; Thomas Den Herder, School Board Treasurer; Linda Bush, School Board Secretary; Ron Scott, School Board President.

About The Contributor:
Bob NilssonDirector of Vertical Solutions Marketing

Bob Nilsson is the director of vertical solutions marketing at Extreme Networks. In this role, Mr. Nilsson leads the Extreme Networks strategy and programs for vertical markets including Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Federal Government, and Hospitality. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing IT systems to Global 1000 companies worldwide. Before joining Extreme Networks Bob was VP Marketing at Clear Methods. Prior to that Bob held senior marketing positions at Digital Equipment and HP. Bob holds an SB degree in EE from MIT and MBA from Columbia Business School.

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