|As director of academic technology and leading at Quest Academy, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school with a gifted education focus, Vinnie Vrotny leads Quest's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) initiatives. Prior to that, he was the director of academic technology at the North Shore Country Day School for 19 years. As technology’s place in education and learning has grown and changed, so has Vrotny’s role as a technology leader. Originally responsible for all aspects of hardware, software, networking, and web development, he is now focused on implementing a 21st Century, technology-enriched learning environment for Quest’s gifted learners. His current projects include both a middle school 1:1 Chromebook implementation and the creation of a cutting-edge innovation lab and curriculum where students create digital and physical fabrications using computers, micro-controllers, laser cutters, and 3d printers to solve both personal and local problems. In July 2013, Vrotny was named one of the 25 National Association of Independent School’s (NAIS) 2013-14 Teachers of the Future. He is both a Google Certified Teacher and a Google Certified Trainer.