Pair of District 11 teachers recognized for exceptional teaching

Amy Quinn and Matt Van Zee of Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools were recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers at the TIES 2013 Education Technology Conference at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency on 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.

Amy Quinn

Amy Quinn is the Library Media Specialist and Technology Teacher Leader at Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Anoka. Amy has been a strong leader for technology integration for many years. As chair of her building’s technology committee, she has arranged for Lincoln to be a district pilot site for iPad, Chromebook, and AirServer projects. Her own students were among the first elementary students in our district to use Google Docs as a regular tool in their learning. She has coordinated tech activities between her school and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as well as other outside agencies. Amy is an outstanding example of how media specialists in collaborative roles can really advance the goals of the school.

Matt Van Zee

Matt is an 8th-grade ELA teacher who takes an active roll as department leader, newspaper editor, ZAP after school program advisor, and technology committee member. He has been a trailblazer when it comes to thoughtfully engaging students with their hand held devices and Google Docs to meet his learning targets. There’s always a thoughtful plan and purpose when he does anything in his class and especially with the use of technology. You’ll notice extensive use of online tools for students to use once they leave the building. Matt is an example of a teacher that leverages the tools available to connect with students. He has a consistent and connecting presence on Twitter as well as Google Apps and Moodle.