Fayette Schools’ tech leader surprised with ‘Making IT Happen’ Award


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Amy Johns, the associate director of Instructional Technology for Fayette County Public Schools, has earned the 2021 Making IT Happen award from the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education.

Johns is in her 24th year of service – all with FCPS – and she is president of KySTE, whose board secretly chose her for this year’s Making IT Happen award.

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The school district’s Technology Department also pulled off a festive surprise announcement Tuesday at the district’s central office.

In collaboration with more than 60 partner organizations like KySTE, the International Society for Technology in Education identifies and spotlights amazing education leaders and visionaries like Johns who cultivate connected, empowered learners and who make an enormous impact on their schools or communities as they:

  • Move forward and don’t look back.
  • See students as real people.
  • Use technology in innovative ways to support learning goals.
  • Teach through relationships – inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing.
  • Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it’s a process.
  • Realize that teacher empowerment is key to transforming learning.
  • Expect success.
  • Motivate through awareness and access to information.

Awardees receive a Making IT Happen jacket and free ISTE membership for a year.