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The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) recently recognized New Braunfels ISD Superintendent Randy Moczygemba as a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of Technology in Education Award. He, along with the other finalists and award winners, were honored during a grand reception held in San Antonio in conjunction with the 2019 TCEA Convention & Exposition.
The 2018-2019 Educator Awards and Scholarship Program recognizes innovative educators based on their incredible accomplishments related to advancing teaching and learning through technology. They exemplify embracing learning without limits.
“We are pleased that we can express our gratitude for all the hard work these educators have done to excite and engage learners through the use of technology,” said Dr. Roland Rios, TCEA President. “Given the caliber of extraordinary nominees, our selection committee had a difficult task in choosing an overall winner in each category.”
The nominations were accepted in the fall and judging was held October through November. This year’s awards program resulted in more than 100 nominations among the 13 categories. Moczygemba was one of two finalists in the Lifetime Achievement category.
“Randy has long exemplified a level of commitment to Technology that can serve as a model for other Superintendents. He clearly recognizes the impact that technology can have on instruction in the classroom,” said Matt Jones, NBISD executive director of technology. “Every Superintendent wants to leave a legacy of their leadership. Randy’s legacy, in all the districts he has been in a leadership role, will be advancing technology further than those communities’ thought was possible.”
Moczygemba has been in education for more than 30 years. He joined NBISD in 2007 as Assistant Superintendent and became Superintendent in December 2009. During his career, he has been instrumental in the advancement of technological opportunities for the students, staff and every community he has served. He has served as both classroom teacher and administrator with a majority of his career in the role of superintendent of schools.
He first began working in education as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech University in the early-1980s where he wrote the first Texas FFA Record book computer program. He also provided staff development on computers for teachers at several school districts around Lubbock, Texas.
The first one-to-one (1:1) environment Moczygemba created for students was in Post, Texas, in 1985. He inherited a computer network with 25 computers allowing his students to have 1:1 technology in his Agricultural Science Classrooms. He also personally developed software and spreadsheets for his agriculture students to use and wrote software for other educators..
As the new principal in Wilson, Texas, he installed new computer labs to replace manual typewriters and wrote UIL Academic software for student use. He also created software to manage student data including registration, gradebook, attendance, cafeteria accounting, bus routing and a report writing system.
In the 90s, he brought internet into every classroom in Lamesa ISD and secured grant money to network the computers and connect the district to the county library. During his nearly 10 years in Lamesa, he served as a campus and district administrator and designed a student technician program. The students maintained all hardware and software installations and service throughout the district, including network-cabling installation. With his guidance, the student technicians helped design and install networks in other school districts and businesses in the community. While at Lamesa ISD, Moczygemba successfully automated the calling systems at all campuses and developed and maintained the first district web page.
In 2000, he became superintendent in Medina ISD and quickly equipped every classroom with digital projectors and installed network infrastructure, hardware and software to provide internet to every classroom. He was also able to automate all district forms making them accessible in Adobe Acrobat.
Since arriving in New Braunfels, his vision helped redesign the district-wide network moving it from wired to wireless and had digital projectors installed in every classroom. He also implemented 1:1 technology for all students with the use of iPads. He has spearheaded the development of digital curriculum (e-textbooks) as well as online student registration. He also facilitated the automation of several digital systems including: employee recruitment and hiring; digital employee records system; parent mass notification system; and student demographic system.
His past honors include being being honored by eSchool News as a 2013 Tech Savvy Superintendent. He earned both his bachelor’s degree and master’s from Texas Tech University.
He is involved in the New Braunfels community through several organizations including: the NBISD Education Foundation; NBISD Council of PTAs; the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; the Mayor’s Higher Education Task Force; the New Braunfels Manager’s Group; and a Baron of the Braunfels Foundation Trust.
He is a member of the Texas Computer Education Association, the Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, Equity Center, ESC 13 Regional Advisory Committee and the Texas Association of Community Schools.
Moczygemba and his wife, Stephanie, reside in New Braunfels. They have two grown daughters who are both educators, two sons-in law and a total of six grandchildren.
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