Two Lakeville educators recognized as exceptional teachers

Kurt Weber, Lakeville South STEM Academy, and Kelly Mann, Lakeview Elementary School digital literacy specialist, have been named TIES exceptional educators for 2016.


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. Student in Weber’s class gain experience with CNC Built Laser Engravers, CNC Mills, Robotics, 3D CAD drawings printing and cutting. Through his vision and leadership, Weber has created authentic learning experiences for students at Lakeville South, including partnerships and mentorship with local industry leaders in the area of STEM.


Mann has been a fantastic technology and instructional leader 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, Mann gathers information from her staff about the professional development they need, then provides multiple methods of learning including flipped learning using our LMS. Additionally, Mann collaborates with the site literacy team to provide insight into how digital tools can help meet building literacy goals.


Weber and Mann were among 76 teachers recognized by TIES.


The awards were presented at the TIES Conference in Minneapolis Dec. 12 and 13. TIES stands for Technology ad Information Educational Services. The Minnesota-based educational technology solutions collaborative provides software systems, professional development, technology integration training for teachers and more.

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