St. Francis educators honored as TIES Exceptional Teachers

Staci Winter and David Berger of St. Francis Public Schools were recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the TIES 2013 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency Dec. 17. They were among 91 teachers from 48 districts.

The teachers were chosen by their superintendents for the award, which recognizes teachers who model the best practices in their classroom and engage students in learning.

Winter has been known as an innovator since she stepped into her East Bethel Community School elementary classroom six years ago. She has spearheaded creating interactive, shared SMART board content; pioneered the school’s first venture into doc cams; piloted video conferencing equipment in her classroom; led the movement to engage with iPads; and mentored and trained teachers her building and across the St. Francis School District in integrating technology.

Berger has been a technology leader in his Crossroads School and Vocational Center science classroom for many years. He began a daily weather podcast with his at-risk students about seven years ago, which now includes having his students create their own bumper music for each podcast episode. Berger has also created his own textbook content in iBooks Author, engaged and enriched his students with a custom course at iTunes U, expanded his science content with Moodle and is now forging ahead with Google Apps tools to wrap all these tools together. Berger also chairs his building’s technology committee.

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