Laurie Gould wins full day workshop with Walter for her staff at St. Agnes Academy in Alliance, Nebraska!
Walter McKenzie's Surfaquarium - Amesbury, Massachusetts - November27, 2005 - 10:00 AM EST

Laurie Gould, a Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at St. Agnes Academy in Alliance, Nebraska, has won the Surfaquarium Digital Community of Practice's drawing for a free full-day staff workshop with Surfaquarium founder Walter McKenzie! Laurie's name was the first to be produced by a digital random generating algorithm drawing a single name from a database of entrants. There was no possibility of a tie.

Laurie has been a member of the Surfaquarium's Digital Community of Practice, Walter's online professional development community for teachers. She is also a past participant of Walter's 2004 National CyberConvention, in which students studied the presidential election and learned media literacy skills in preparation for participating in an online convention and mock election. The Surfaquarium ( is an educational portal that promotes integration of multiple intelligences and instructional technology across the curriculum. It includes the Innovative Teaching web site and newsletter, Walter's multiple intelligence pages, original Web-based projects for teachers and students, the Digital Dozen newsletter and the Digital Community of Practice.

St. Agnes Academy is a K-8 parochial school in Alliance Nebraska. It emphasizes a positive learning climate with an orientation towards making students active citizens in a global community. The Sisters of St. Francis opened the school in 1908, which became co-ed in 1925. It is administered by Holy Rosary Church, Father Jim Heithoff, Pastor.

The approximate value of the prize is an estimated $2,000.00 US, based on speaker fees, travel costs, lodging and possible materials. The prize may constitute one day-long workshop or up to four mini-workshops presented on a single date to members of the same staff. Topic(s), format and objectives of workshop(s) will be agreed upon by Walter, Laurie and St. Agnes Academy.

Laurie accepted the prize and has asked for Walter to present on Multiple intelligences. Long a fan of the Cornhusker state, Walter enjoyed his first visit to Nebraska! More pictures from the visit and workshop below!

The culmination of the day-long workshop was the decision to develop an MI-based oral history project for Alliance with an emphasis on St. Agnes' role in the community. Everyone was excited by the concept!

During lunch break, Laurie took Walter to Carhenge, located right in Alliance!