Tech CEO and ‘Teachers of the Year’ among six Classroom Connections judges

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Mar 09, 2010

Tech CEO and ‘Teachers of the Year’ among six Classroom Connections judges

Application, video deadline approaching for Windstream charitable program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  – Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq: WIN) has chosen a technology non-profit executive and two state Teachers of the Year as judges for its Classroom Connections program, which will provide public schools in Windstream’s service area the opportunity to receive up to $100,000 for technology-related upgrades.

All public and public charter schools in Windstream’s 16-state residential service area are encouraged to apply for Classroom Connections.  Applications and videos must be submitted online at by March 19, 2010. Four $25,000 donations will be made in May. Ten $5,000 Spirit Awards will be made in September. 

The six judges are:

Brian Mefford is chairman and chief executive officer of Connected Nation, Inc., a Washington D.C.-based non-profit that maps the availability of broadband services and improves broadband deployment and adoption throughout the United States.

Paul Kuhlman, the 2009 South Dakota Teacher of the Year, teaches high school science and math at Avon High School in Avon, S. D.

Lori Neurohr, the 2009 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, is a second-grade teacher at Kohler Elementary School in Kohler, Wis.

David Avery is director of corporate communications for Windstream.

Susan Bradley is Windstream’s senior vice president of human resources.

Ric Crane is executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Windstream.

A complete overview of the Classroom Connections program, instructions for applying and submitting videos, a listing of eligible service areas and the winning videos from 2009, can be found online at The deadline to apply is March 19.

About Windstream

Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq: WIN) is an S&P 500 company with about $3.7 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services to customers in 21 states. The company also offers a wide range of IP-based voice and data services and advanced phone systems and equipment to businesses and government agencies. For more information about Windstream, visit

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