Press Release
PBS Honors Memphis Teacher Scott Frizzell


Press Contacts: Teri L. Sullivan
WKNO-TV/Channel 10
(901) 729-8735
tlsullivan@wkno.org

July 10, 2014
For Immediate Release

Memphis Harding Academy Teacher Scott Frizzell Selected As a Lead 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

WKNO is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Cordova resident and teacher Scott Frizzell has been selected as one of the top 16 “Lead PBS Digital Innovators” as part of the Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.

Scott will soon begin his third year of teaching eighth grade history and ninth grade English at Harding Academy of Memphis. He is simultaneously completing his Ph.D. in African American history at The University of Memphis. Scott is also the father of an eighth-month-old daugher, who is a big fan of Elmo on Sesame Street.

Harding Academy benefits from a wonderful 1-to-1 iPad program. This tremendous benefit allows Scott’s classes, English and American history alike, to be immersed in digital technology. They heavily utilize digital resources such as PBS LearningMedia to create digital projects that enhance learning, putting modern tools such as social media like Twitter, online games like Minecraft, and other apps like iMovie to good use.

Scott’s favorite part of his job is watching his students continually amaze him with their creativity and desire to know more. He loves using resources like a PBS lesson plan examining the Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr duel to allow students to examine data for themselves and make their own conclusions. Then, they can all engage in an exciting, spirited debate.

“We could not be more proud of Scott and all our educators in the Mid-South,” said Michael J. LaBonia, WKNO President and CEO. “WKNO programming has always been educational at its core. We are pleased to be a part of driving innovation in our local classrooms.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive this honor,” said Scott. “I love teaching, and I am very aware of the great responsibility that comes with it. As the digital revolution continues to spread throughout our world, it’s becoming increasingly more important for teachers to embrace it. Although the technological innovations themselves are not the end-all solution, the power they possess to involve students in the learning process is invaluable. Hopefully, we can use these tools to more easily access diverse information, promote student engagement, and create a future generation of more proactive citizens. I thank PBS and WKNO for working hard to organize some of these tools into an easy-to-use format for educators in PBS LearningMedia.”

As a Lead PBS Digital Innovator, Scott attended the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Summit held at PBS headquarters in Arlington, VA in June. He will work with a group of like-minded peers to develop strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that can be immediately applied to classrooms.

They will serve as thought leaders within the larger group of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators in paving the way in innovation and creative thinking over the course of the 2014-2015 school year by empowering their peers and sharing strategies around digital media integration; serving as PBS LearningMedia ambassadors that embraces life-long learning, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation; and making up a robust professional learning community that will foster new ways of thinking, while leading the way in digital media in the classroom. 

They will also receive exclusive professional development from PBS LearningMedia, including virtual training and resources that they will be able to bring home to their school and incorporate into curriculum.

Learn more about our rock star educator and the entire Class of 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators here: http://ow.ly/uXbhe.

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