Area teachers win TIES awards

Two teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin School District and two more in the Spring Lake Park School District are TIES Exceptional Teachers in 2013.

Amy Quinn, media specialist at Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Anoka; Matt Van Zee, English teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine; Jen Legatt, continuous improvement coach at Spring Lake Park High School; and Brenda Sandberg, second-grade teacher at Northpoint Elementary School in Blaine, received honors at the TIES (Total Information for Educational Services) 2013 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency Dec. 17.

Ninety-one teachers from 48 school districts in Minnesota were recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers that evening.

Superintendents selected teachers from their districts for using best practices and engaging students, according to a press release from TIES, an education technology association in Minnesota.

Quinn was one of the first elementary specialists to introduce Google Docs to Anoka-Hennepin students, according to her biography on the TIES site. She also led Lincoln to pilot iPad, Chromebook and AirServer programs.

In the classroom, Van Zee also encourages students to use Google Docs. Outside of the classroom, he edits the school newspaper, advises the ZAP program and is always accessible on Twitter, Google Apps and Moodle, his biography reads.

In Spring Lake Park, Legatt was a point person when each student was issued an iPad earlier this year. “Her workshops are exceptional because she meets learners of all ages and stages at their level to encourage them to continuously learn and grow,” her biography states.

At the elementary level, Sandberg teaches her second graders how technology will serve them as they progress through middle and high school to post-secondary education and the work force.

Olivia Koester is at [email protected]