Two Hopkins teachers receive awards for modeling best practices in using technology in their classroom and engaging students in learning. Sara Lacey, a 4th grade teacher at Gatewood Elementary School, and Charles Schlegel, an area learning center teacher at Hopkins North Junior High, have been honored as 2008 TIES Exceptional Teachers. They were among 67 teachers from 33 school districts chosen by their superintendents for TIES Exceptional Teacher recognition because of their use of technology.
Sara Lacey has taught at Gatewood Elementary School for seven years. During that time, she has served on the building technology committee. In addition, she serves as an integration leader in her building, supporting teachers in implementing technology at the classroom level. She has held that position for three years, and has facilitated staff development in the areas of iPhoto, Comic Life, PowerPoint, ActivStudio, Moodle and Excel. Sara teaches in a 1-to-1 computing classroom, and has a passion for student and instructional use of technology. She has completed her master's degree from the University of Minnesota, where her project was focused on how to use interactive whiteboard technology to increase student achievement.
Charles "Chuck" Schlegel
Charles "Chuck" Schlegel started an area learning center (alternative school) at the junior high level in 2000, and is committed to working with at-risk students in the school district. He earned a master's in technology in education from Lesley University in 2006. He has served as Hopkins North Junior High's technology integration specialist for the past three years, and was one of the original teachers in the district to participate in extensive training to use interactive whiteboard technology in the classroom. Chuck has created and facilitated staff development for teachers in Moodle as well as provided leadership in a technology focused personal learner community of teachers. For the past two years, Chuck participated at TIES in the Technology Integrationists Community Learning. The focus of this grant-funded group is to collaborate across the state to generate ideas to best integrate technology in education.