About Me: Martha Thornburgh

This is my eighth  year as Digital Literacy Specialist for the Mount Vernon School District.    I love the  challenge of helping teachers infuse technology into student learning. In my position, I am training teachers in conventional workshops, online tutorials and modeling in the classroom.  I spend time each week working directly with students and teachers.  In my 25 years of teaching, I have had the blessing to teach every grade level from pre-K to 6th grade in places as varied as the Navajo Nation, Texas, Ecuador, Kenya, and Indonesia. I am a proud Texan who loves living and working in beautiful Washington.  I hold a Masters Degree in Education with an English as a Second Language and a Social Studies Endorsement.  I am a lifelong learner who loves trying out new techniques and technology.  I consider myself a bit of a technogeek.  Travel is a passion for me.  I have traveled extensively on 6 continents and have lived and worked on 4.  I am a proud Google Certified Teacher.  I am a member of a team creating state assessments for technology for the state of Washington. I serve as a volunteer regional educator resource for Heifer International.  I participate in the Flickr 365 Day Photo Challenge . My husband and I enjoy walking our giant mutt Holden, going on roadtrips, camping, gardening and renovating our 100+ year old home in Mount Vernon.


Awards and Honors: 

  • ISTE Making it Happen Award
  • Northwest Council for Computer Educators Educator of the Year 2009
  • Discovery Educator Network STAR Educator
  • Google Certified Teacher
  • Authorized Google Education Trainer
  • Qwest Innovative Teacher Grant Recipient
  • EETT Techology Peer Tutoring Grant Recipient
  • Best Buy Teach School Award Grant Recipient