Published: Aug 30, 2010 5:01 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 30, 2010 2:01 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Certiport (, the leading certification solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, presented its Teacher of the Year award to Denise Spence, lead technology teacher at Dunbar High School. In addition, Jana Hambruch, Coordinator for the Technical, Career and Adult Education Department received the Champions of Digital Literacy Award.

Certiport honored both Ms. Spence and Ms. Hambruch for their visionary leadership in implementing technical certification exams in Florida at the Certiport Global Partner Summit awards ceremony recently held in Park City, Utah.

“We have a focus on providing a wide selection of educational opportunities for students, and technology is certainly at the top of that list,” said Dr. James Browder, Superintendent of Schools. “We’ve worked to help students obtain the education and certifications needed to be successful in the technological world – and our programs are the envy of many schools districts across the country.”

Ms. Spence was named Certiport's Teacher of the Year for her dedication to industry certification at Dunbar High School and the K-12 environment. She has been an educator for over 15 years, and she has earned numerous IT certification credentials from Microsoft, Adobe and CompTIA. Spence is the lead technology teacher and is responsible for managing two IT certification programs at Dunbar High School: the Microsoft Academy for Technology Excellence and the Adobe Academy for Digital Excellence.

Ms. Hambruch currently serves as Coordinator for the Technical, Career and Adult Education Department at the District. She designed the technology magnet program which, under her direction, led to Dunbar High School becoming the first Microsoft Certified High School in the world, as well as an Adobe and CompTIA featured school. Jana received Certiport's Champions of Digital Literacy Award for her work in the District, where she has established 15 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers.