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Coming in Hot! 🔥 The Unruly Educator Awards Winners of 2022!

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Educators do it all: teach, nurture, coach, support, innovate—all during a pandemic! Unruly Studios is proud to recognize a few educators from our incredible community for their efforts in bringing STEM, fun, and play into their classrooms and schools. 

This year we had 39 nominees competing in six categories. After almost 600 votes were tallied, we celebrated the winners live on Twitter! In case you missed it, here’s the recap:

Most Resilient Educator: Angela Towner Mertz

Tech Specialist & Administrator, AZ

During The Get Active Coding Challenge, Angela’s school—Academy Adventures Midtown—needed replacement Splats (way to stomp!!!) so they shifted their focus to code blocks and won 1st place! Not to mention Academy Adventures took home first place in Go Bananas! as well. For a school of only 35 students, Angela and her students have certainly shown us a tremendous amount of resiliency! 

The Unruliest Advocate: Christine Danhoff

Tech Integration Specialist, OH

Christine is always interacting in the forum, sharing her school’s Unruly experiences, and trying out new activities. She even created some cards to go along with a forum game: Pet Pandemonium! Go, Christine! 🎉

Unruliest Library Media Specialist: Angela Brown

Librarian & Information Literacy Specialist, TX

Angela is always up for a challenge! She led her school to victory during the Go Bananas! back-to-school coding competition with a total of 163,425 yellow-lit stomps. Not only that, but she’s always finding ways to work Splats into classroom routines and lessons, such as her Pete the Cat interactive read aloud (definitely check it out)!

Unruliest PE Teacher: Kevin Napier

Health & PE Teacher, VA

Please give a 👏 round 👏 of 👏 applause 👏 to the reigning PE champ, Kevin Napier! This is Kevin’s second time winning the Unruliest PE teacher award!

Kevin is a PE Teacher at Nuckols Farm Elementary School. One of his favorite ways to use Splats is during stations in order to encourage engagement from all his students. Great hustle, Kevin!


Most Innovative Educator: Veronica Estrada

Math Specialist, FL

Veronica has been working with the Unruly team and her staff to create math activities for a flipped classroom idea! She worked with our Customer Success team to build multiple math games that resulted in increased student engagement!


Unruliest Newcomer: Nancy Penchev

STEM Educator, FL

Nancy started her Splats membership with a bang! She is finding lots of different ways to integrate them into her lessons and share them with other educators around her school. She’s building great routines with Splats and her students are always asking to use them more!


For more highlights check out the event using the hashtag #UnrulyAwards2022

Congratulations again to all our unstoppable and Unruly educators! 🥳


The Unruly Community is a rapidly growing community of phenomenal educators all across the US and Canada! We do a little bit of everything: code, play, pie each other in the face, rinse, repeat!

Want to be a part of the fun and join us? Discover how to get Splats—the only full-school platform that combines coding and active play!—at your school 🤙 😎 

Unruly Studios makers of Unruly Splats, programmable, stompable floor tiles that help kids learn fundamental coding skills through recess-style play. Best for elementary and middle school students from PE to science or coding class, a great addition to the classroom for active STEM coding and play!

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