Jim Hatz of Rush City Public Schools was recognized as a TIES Exceptional Teacher at the TIES 2013 Education Technology Conference Dec. 17 at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency. He was among 91 teachers from 48 districts.
The teachers were chosen by their superintendents for the Exceptional Teacher award, which recognizes teachers who model the best practices in their classroom and engage students in learning. School districts participating in the TIES Exceptional Teacher award program are members of TIES, an education technology consortium of 48 Minnesota school districts.
As technology coordinator for the Rush City school district, Hatz has been a beneficial resource to administrators and teachers as the district integrates technology into daily routines for teachers and students. He maintains a robust network within the schools, and he has guided the district through several network upgrades that provide the capacity needed for a rapidly expanding, and diverse, pool of digital devices.
Hatz has been instrumental in researching equipment purchases and training opportunities for staff. He has provided training for teachers with ongoing followup; he can explain technical issues to the average user; and he encourages staff to “take the next step” with technology.