Patches Hill, technology systems manager for the Indian River School District, has been named a finalist for the 2013 iEducate Delaware awards, an initiative spearheaded by the Rodel Foundation of Delaware.

Patches Hill, technology systems manager for the Indian River School District, has been named a finalist for the 2013 iEducate Delaware awards, an initiative spearheaded by the Rodel Foundation of Delaware.

According to Matthew Korobkin of the Rodel Foundation, iEducate Delaware is "an initiative recognizing champions who work with Delaware's schoolchildren, statewide. Finalists represent a diverse cross section of educators, community leaders and other inspiring individuals from up and down the state who are dedicating their time and leadership to Delaware's students."

The Rodel Foundation has named 15 finalists and online, public voting will play a large role in naming winning honorees. People are able to vote once daily for up to three separate finalists. Voting will close Sept. 9. An external advisory group will work with foundation staff to make the final decision and up to five winners will be announced on Oct. 9. Honorees will have their stories published and will receive $2,000 toward the education-related cause of their choice. To read Hill's story and to vote, visit www.ieducatedelaware.org.

Q How does it feel to be chosen as a finalist for iEducate Delaware?

A I am humbled to be selected for such a great honor.

Q What's your favorite part about working in education?

A Technology in education allows us to see our impact more than technology in many other fields. Therefore I would have to say my favorite part is working with the students and the very dedicated faculty and staff that make it all possible.

Q If chosen as a winning honoree, what education-related cause would you put your $2,000 prize towards?

A I would put it towards directly impacting our students through more professional development for our teachers.

Q You've done a lot of work to update technology availability in Indian River schools. What's on your wish list of other technology-related advances you'd like to see in the schools?

A Everything we are doing is scalable, especially when choosing the right technical standards. Although we're doing a lot around more personalized and blended learning, I want to see us continue to move these efforts forward with even more integration of other systems across districts, agencies, states and vendors.

Q Your legal first name is Duane. Why do people call you "Patches?"

A Patches is actually my legal middle name. It came from the 1971 Grammy Award-winning R&B song by Clarence Carter. My parents liked the song, so the rest is history.