Lakeville teachers honored as TIES Exceptional Teachers

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Janelle Madson (center) and Lisa Rasmussen (right) were among 91 educators honored as TIES Exceptional Teachers by Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius (left) at the TIES 2013 Education Technology Conference. (Photo submitted)

Janelle Madson and Lisa Rasmussen of Lakeville Public Schools were recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the TIES 2013 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency on Dec. 17. They were among 91 teachers from 48 districts.

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

Madson applied and was selected to implement iPads in her classroom through the district’s iLearn 194 program. As a middle school math teacher, she flipped the classroom model utilizing Schoology and integrating the use of iPads into her teaching on a daily basis. Madson’s classroom has transformed, allowing students to individualize their math learning. Results have included increased student learning, stronger teacher-student classroom relationships and an increase in student ownership of their learning. She mentors other staff and works with district leaders to increase the use of technology in the classroom.

Rasmussen volunteered to participate in the district’s iClass program last year, teaching high school hybrid courses in health. She quickly became a district leader with online learning by mentoring both staff and students and by creating quality, shared online health content. Her eagerness to learn, her willingness to try new things, and her commitment to her students’ needs is what sets her apart as a leader in using technology to increase student learning and engagement. This year, she is teaching both hybrid and online courses in health. She continuously works to improve her own teaching and to assist the district in moving forward.

Besides being recognized at the conference, each teacher is featured in the TIES Exceptional Teachers publication and receives a certificate.

School districts participating in the TIES Exceptional Teacher award program are members of TIES, an education technology consortium of 48 Minnesota school districts.