Pair of District 279 staff members earn TIES Exceptional Teachers awards

Ryan Bisson of Weaver Lake Elementary and Dhaivyd Hilgendorf of Park Center Senior High will be recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the TIES 2013 Education Technology Conference on Dec. 17. Every year, TIES acknowledges educators who model best practices in using technology in education and engaging students in learning.

In addition to being recognized at the conference, each teacher will receive a certificate and be featured in the TIES Exceptional Teachers publication. School districts participating in the award program are members of TIES, an education technology consortium of 47 Minnesota school districts. Supt. Kate Maguire nominated Bisson and Hilgendorf for the award.



Ryan Bisson
Ryan Bisson

Bisson’s fourth grade classroom is buzzing. Principal Dennis Palm said Bisson’s students are engaged and excited as she guides their active learning. Her seamless use of technology connects learners both inside and outside the classroom. Student work may be submitted using digital learning platforms like Edmodo. This encourages parents to stay connected with their student’s learning since they can log on to see their work along with Bisson’s interaction with learners. She takes the technology outside of her own classroom, collaborating with teachers on her team to extend their learning.

As a member of Osseo’s Digital Learning Vision Task Force, she believes technology is much more than just an ‘add-on.’

“The moment I decided to venture beyond the walls of my classroom is when I discovered that education is not flat,” Bisson said. “It is anytime, anywhere.” That belief is evident in her classroom.



Dhaivyd Hilgendorf
Dhaivyd Hilgendorf

According to Principal Kelli Parpart, Library Media Specialist Hilgendorf is innovative, extremely forward thinking, and tireless in his efforts to lead staff and students in digital learning. He is creative, a collaborator and, besides being available to help whenever needed, he supports his regular instruction with online resources that offer multiple opportunities for students and staff to become digital learners.

He developed Park Center’s 5TTT (Tech Teaching Tools), a yearlong program that allows teachers to build skills with technologies that support instruction. Through the program blog, screencasts, and videos, he provides instruction on a variety of teaching tools that is available anytime and anywhere and supports the online resources with personal instruction.

He lends his professional expertise outside of the building, actively collaborating with Osseo’s Instructional Media andTechnology team and as the Past-President of MEMO (Minnesota Educational Media Organization).