RADFORD — Brian Dye, a sixth-grade teacher at Belle Heth Elementary School, received the Educator Award during the annual TechNite 2014 Awards held in Hotel Roanoke on Friday.

Dye was one of 18 nominees in the educator category that included teachers from the region.  This award recognizes a K-12 educator in the Roanoke-Blacksburg region that promotes math, science, and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders.

“I am privileged to work among many outstanding educators here in Radford City,” Dye said. “I’m just one of many teachers that strive for Excellence in Education. Every Student, Everyday.”

“Brian Dye is an outstanding representative for the Radford City Schools,” said Dr. Becky Greer, Radford City Schools superintendent. “He is very deserving of this award and we are proud of his accomplishments.”

Awards were given in five categories: educator, entrepreneur, innovator, regional leadership and rising star. The educator award recognizes a K-12 teacher that best “promotes math, science, and/or use of technology in creative ways to transfer knowledge and help develop future technology leaders.”

“If it were not for the support of my principal, Jack McKinley, the central office administration, Dr. Greer and Rob Graham, and the school board representatives, my nomination would not have ever happened,” Dye said.

TechNite is an annual event celebrating technology innovators in the Blacksburg and Roanoke areas.

“Being picked as the award recipient was a surprise.,” Dye said. “Thank you to the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council for taking time to acknowledge the importance of teaching through the use of technology.”

The keynote speaker was Dr. Charles Steger, president of Virginia Tech.

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