2013-14 TIES Exceptional Teachers

2013-14 TIES Exceptional Teachers
Thursday Jan 2, 14
Teachers Angie Kath and Brenda Diekman Recognized

Just before winter break, Montrose Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Angie Kath and Buffalo High School Business and Computer Technology Teacher Brenda Diekman were recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the TIES 2013 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency on December 17. They were among 91 teachers from 48 districts honored.
 
The teachers were chosen by Superintendent Scott Thielman for the award, which recognizes teachers who model the best practices in their classroom and engage students in learning. This is the 10th year that the TIES Exceptional Teacher Awards have been presented and only 13 other teachers, prior to this year's winnders, have been given the award from the BHM School District.

Angie Kath

Angie Kath
Angie Kath consistently challenges herself to find ways to meet the needs of the diverse population of students she cares for in her all-day kindergarten class. Kath does this through a number of strategies, but none more evident than through her use of technology. Kath is proficient in the use of the SMART Board to enhance the learning experiences for her students and has also shared these skills with colleagues as a district level trainer. In addition to the SAMRT Board, Kath piloted the use of netbooks with her students and is currently exploring the use of iPads. She frequently researches new and innovative practices and strives to find ways to implement them in her classroom. She is a firm believer that technology can greatly enhance the learning experiences for students, but remains focused on how these devices impact learning, and not the device itself.

Brenda Diekman

Brenda Diekman
Brenda Diekman continues to serve as a leader in instructional integration of technology at the building, district and state level. At Buffalo High School (BHS), she serves on the technology committee and provides mentorship to teachers in authentically integrating technology. She was one of the first teachers at BHS to explore and teach innovative online and hybrid course options for students. She piloted a computer graphics course online and has since provided many online hybrid-learning options for students. At the state level she has demonstrated leadership as a trainer for Best Prep Tech, which focuses on helping teachers integrate technology into the courses and collaborate with businesses. Diekman is very driven and constantly challenges herself and others to think outside the box.