2014 TIES Exceptional Teacher Awards

2014 TIES Exceptional Teacher Awards: Melanie Olson and Jackie Peck Honored
Friday Dec 12, 14
Melanie Olson and Jackie Peck Honored

Congratulations to Melanie Olson, Parkside Elementary Grade 2-3 Quest Teacher, and Jackie Peck, Buffalo Community Middle School (BCMS) Math Science Teacher, who were selected to receive the TIES Exceptional Teacher Award for their outstanding use of technology in the classroom.They were both recognized at the Annual TIES Conference in Minneapolis on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Olson also presented a session at the conference regarding the topic, Coding in Elementary: Create the Programmers of Tomorrow.

Melanie Olson

Melanie Olson
Melanie Olson is a leader at Parkside Elementary in the area of technology.  She is adept as a user, and frequently asks if she can share her findings with the entire staff.  She demonstrates, offers to train and assist colleagues, and offers herself as a 'go-to' person in integrating the active use of technology into instruction.  Olson is a technology risk taker.  She makes every attempt to get technology into the hands of her students as an active and innovative learning tool.  Olson actively seeks funding sources to add to her classroom technology tools, and supports the school in doing so as well.  

 

 

Jackie Peck

Jackie Peck
Jackie Peck has a special and unique connection with her BCMS students, and has seamlessly integrated technology into her 6th grade classroom to improve their learning.   As a math and science teacher, she has made use of the Google Apps for Education suite to transform teaching and learning.  Her emphasis on communication, creative problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking have been enhanced with the implementation of student Google Sites as well as maintaining her own site for resources and student interaction.  Jackie believes that technology can greatly enhance the learning experience for her students.  Her continual self-reflection and drive to be the best educator possible makes Peck a perfect representative of this outstanding award.