District educators honored as 2016 TIES Exceptional Teachers

District educators honored as 2016 TIES Exceptional Teachers

Kurt Weber and Kelly Mann of Lakeville Area Public Schools ISD 194 were recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers. They were among 77 teachers from 48 districts honored at the TIES 2016 Education Technology Conference on December 13 at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency.

These individuals were chosen by Superintendent Dr. Lisa Snyder for the TIES Exceptional Teacher award, which recognizes teachers who use technology to positively impact student learning and model best practices in their classroom.

Kurt Weber has been a major force in the creation and development of the Lakeville South STEM Academy. The STEM Academy began in one lab and has grown into an additional mini lab, a fabrication lab as well as the electricity lab. Students in Kurt’s class gain experience with CNC Built Laser Engravers, CNC Mills, Robotics, 3D CAD drawings, printing, and cutting. Through his vision and leadership, Kurt has created authentic learning experiences for students at Lakeville South, including partnerships and mentorship with local industry leaders within STEM.

Kelly Mann is the elementary digital literacy specialist at Lakeview Elementary. Students and staff love to work with her as she coaches them on the use of digital tools in the classroom. As the leader of the building Tech Team, Kelly gathers information from her staff about the professional development they need, then provides multiple methods of learning including flipped learning using our LMS. Additionally, Kelly collaborates with the site literacy team to provide insight into how digital tools can help meet building literacy goals.

School districts participating in the TIES Exceptional Teacher award program are partners of TIES. TIES, an expert in learning technology, provides training, education, and support for educators.

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