Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary librarian Kat Baxter has been named as a “Digital Innovator All-Star” by the Public Broadcasting Service. PBS announced its 2022 class of educators this week. The program honors classroom changemakers who offer fresh ideas and bold approaches to supporting their students’ growth and learning. Nominated by their local PBS stations, 20 educators were chosen from across the country.
Baxter, who has served as an educator for 19 years, was nominated by Alabama Public Television and is one of two educators from Alabama chosen as an “all-star.” Baxter said she is passionate about helping her students have “out of the box” learning experiences. She began a Great Handshake for the 5th graders at TCS to experience interviewing, coding, customer service challenges and life skills.
“I am elated to have received this honor,” Baxter said. “I'm truly grateful for the people who nominated me and look forward to creating lessons for our students and teachers in Alabama.”
The Digital Innovator All-Star program brings together a community of PreK-12th grade educators who are innovators and leaders both in and outside of the classroom. Specifically, the “all-stars” are selected from a cohort of educators who are doing extraordinary work supporting student learning by integrating media and digital technology in their teaching environments and inspiring students to use these tools in responsible, effective and empowering ways.
“Each of the new PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars have worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of their students, all while navigating another challenging school year,” said Lori Brittain, Vice President of PBS LearningMedia. “It is an honor to elevate their powerful stories and thank them for the passion, creativity and grace they bring to their classrooms every day.”
PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars will spend the 2022-2023 school year deepening engagement among students, families, educators, schools and their local PBS stations.