Kelly Coleman and Abby Bateman of North Branch Area 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 TIES Exceptional Teacher award, which recognizes teachers who model the best practices in their classroom and engage students in learning.
Besides being recognized at the conference, each teacher is featured in the TIES Exceptional Teachers publication and received 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.
• Coleman has been an English Language Arts Teacher at North Branch Area High School since 1992. She works with students in grades 10-12. Besides leading students in English, Coleman is also responsible for the school yearbook and a student television broadcast entitled “The Vibe.” Coleman has always been a leader in the district who challenges students to be creative in expressing themselves through multi-media. Along with her TV broadcasting class, she has been working extremely hard in engaging the community with live-streamed broadcasts of school and community events. The goal of this program is to promote district and community events for all to see; her leadership with mobile technology is achieving just that.
• Bateman is an eighth-grade math teacher at the North Branch Middle School. She is an innovative teacher who has been flipping her classroom for two years. With the combination of Moodle and Google Apps for Education as learning tool Bateman shared that she is able to “deliver a method of learning that allows students to take charge of their learning and manage their time, in becoming resourceful learners. This flipped environment also allows for students to receive a more individualized math education where my actual face-to-face time with them is being used effectively.” Bateman has been an effective mentor for other teachers with her flipped environment, allowing for many others across the district to follow her lead.