Meet ADE Award Finalists: Dawn DuPriest and Tracey Winey

By Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
February 1, 2016

This energetic teaching duo is leading and developing the Engineering Brightness program with 6th through 8th graders at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, CO emphasizing real-world applications and project-based learning.


Dawn-DuPriest-_-Allen-Distinguished-Educators-(ADE)-Finalists.jpgDawn teaches Computer Science and Electronics at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado. She enjoys learning about new technology along with her students, and creating interesting projects with programming and electronics. She worked as a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies for nine years prior to her career in teaching. A strong advocate of computer science education as a core discipline, she was selected by the Rotary Clubs of Fort Collins as Poudre School District’s Teacher of the Year in 2012. In 2015, she presented in Washington, DC as part of the National Education Association’s Teacher Leadership Initiative. Dawn speaks at mathematics teaching conferences about coding in math courses. You can find her on Twitter or on her blog, Coding In Math Class. In her free time, Dawn also enjoys running, camping with her family in the Colorado mountains, taking clogging lessons, and decorating ugly sweaters with Arduino and LED’s.


Tracey-Winey-_-Allen-Distinguished-Educators-(ADE)-Finalists.jpgTracey Winey is passionate about creating authentic opportunities for students. She believes the world’s biggest source of untapped potential is the talent and intellect of today’s youth.  Tracey is the Media and STEM specialist at Preston Middle School.  She has worked at Preston since 1998. She collaborates with her peers to facilitate learning in literacy, engineering, philanthropy, computer science, 3D printing and reading.  

Tracey is one of the founders of a philanthropic engineering group called Engineering Brightness. Engineering Brightness is a global collaboration where multi age students collaborate to engineer and distribute hand held, 3D printed, sustainable lanterns.  Engineering Brightness hopes to impact the 1.3 billion people who do not have reliable access to electricity.

Tracey is an original member of the board of directors for the STEM Educator Symposium (SES). Tracey and three of her colleagues plan, create and facilitate professional development for 50 educators worldwide every year. The SES fosters creativity, curiosity and applicable pedagogy to be immediately applied to classrooms.

Tracey also teaches  Instructional Technology and Assessment Colorado State University.  She enjoys bridging the gap between K-12 education and higher education.

Tracey has been very fortunate to work with amazing colleagues, students and community members.  She has spoken at conferences at the local, state, national and international level.  Every year her professional learning circle grows and inspires Tracey to keep learning and being the best teacher she can be.  

Colorado is Tracey’s home. Her and her family enjoy the beauty and excitement of the region by camping, hiking, and preparing many home grown meals together. Tracey believes in humanity and is often humbled by others philanthropic, kind and intellectual contributions. She is grateful for her twenty years in education and is curious and fascinated by what the future of education will hold.

Meet the other finalists for the $25,000 Allen Distinguished Educators Award.


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