ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana information system analyst Steve Comfort recently received the Information Society for Technology in Education Making IT Happen Award.
The ISTE award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.
The award was presented at the 31st annual Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators conference Dec. 8 in New Orleans. Since its inception in 1995, the award has been given to more than 500 educators from around the world. Each year, each affiliate of ISTE can nominate one individual to receive the award and Comfort was this year’s nominee.
“The overall goal of LACUE is to use technology to improve the quality of education for Louisiana students,” Comfort said.
Comfort has been associated with LACUE since the group’s inception. He was one of four incorporators of the organization and has served in a variety of roles for more than 30 years. Comfort received a plaque, certificate and a jacket.
“The big thing is the awarding of the jacket,” Comfort said. “You’ve never lived till you tried to put on a jacket in front of 500 to 800 people and you can’t find the arm hole.”
Comfort has been with the school system for 35 years. He started in August 1977 and left briefly in 1980, returning in 1983.
“If you think of the number of state and regional winners we have had in teacher and principal over the years it is amazing,” Comfort said. “A small district such as us to have that many receive state and national recognition.”
Technology is a necessary tool in classrooms, and Superintendent Hollis Milton described Comfort as a pioneer in the field in Louisiana.
“Mr. Comfort was very deserving as he was instrumental in developing the organization known as LACUE,” Milton said. “Over the years, he has promoted the use of technology in classrooms in West Feliciana and throughout the state.”