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Traci Piltz, an educator at Billings Public Schools, was recently named a PBS KIDS Early Learning Champion.

The new awards program recognizes committed educators who work with young children, from infants to second-graders, and will offer a variety of community building, leadership and professional learning opportunities provided by PBS and member stations over the next two years.

Piltz is a former kindergarten teacher and a technology integration specialist for Billings Public Schools. She works primarily with kindergarten through second-grade teachers to use technology to inspire students to create, collaborate and think critically. According to a news release from MontanaPBS, Piltz was selected for the honor because of her commitment to helping primary teachers in Billings successfully integrate technology and digital media with their young students. Piltz supports teachers and students to explore innovative experiences such as coding, creating with tools such as Seesaw and communicating with other communities using video conferencing tools such as Skype and Google Hangout.

For more information, including a full list of 2018 PBS KIDS Early Learning Champions, go to pbs.org.

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