Sheryl Abshire has served as a catalyst to initiate the integration of technology throughout the nation and internationally by providing leadership on numerous national, state, and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum in changing educational practice. A thirty-nine year veteran educator, she has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, a library/media specialist, a classroom teacher, and as a university professor. Sheryl is an accomplished grant writer and grants reader and regularly conducts institutes to fund innovative technology programs throughout the nation. She has written and directed grants in excess of $15 million.She was the first teacher inducted into the National Teachers’ Hall of Fame, serves as the past chair of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), is on the K-12 Advisory Board for Blackboard, Dell’s Platinum Advisory Committee, Promethean National K-12 Advisory Committee, ISTE Standards and Accreditation Committee, and is Co-Chair of the ISTE/CoSN Policy Committee.Abshire is the vice president for advocacy and programs and past president of the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators. She serves on the FCC Universal Services Administrative Corporation (USAC) Board representing our nation’s K-12 schools and libraries on ERATE issues. She has fifteen years of experience working on ERATE applications and issues. Additionally, she works in diverse staff development programs throughout the nation and in Great Britain involving restructuring schools through the infusion of technology and curriculum enhancements. In May of 2009, ISTE awarded Abshire the first “Public Policy Advocate of the Year” Award for her decades of work promoting educational technology.