Teachers awarded for use of classroom technology
Teachers awarded for innovative use of classroom technology
Posted on 12/18/2015

School District 197 is pleased to announce that two teachers have been recognized as TIES Exceptional Teachers for 2015. Congratulations to Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School teacher Jeffrey Oppenheim and Garlough Environmental Magnet School teacher Katie Holten, who have been awarded for modeling technology best practices in their classroom and engaging students in learning. Both teachers were presented with their awards at the TIES Technology Conference on Dec. 15 in Minneapolis.

Jeffrey OppenheimJeffrey Oppenheim is a 2nd grade teacher at Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School. He is known among his colleagues as someone who is creative, innovative and committed to increasing student achievement and engagement through the use of technology. Jeffrey is an “early adopter” of classroom technology tools and is always willing to share his knowledge with other teachers and staff members one-on-one or through group professional development trainings. This year Jeff has been a leader among his peers in using programs that allow him to more effectively assess students’ learning and provide them with immediate feedback. He has also introduced his students to new apps, like SeeSaw, which allow them to communicate and collaborate with their classmates. Jeff even uses technology to engage parents by creating video newsletters that highlight student activities and classroom expectations. Jeff is a true asset to Pilot Knob.

Katie HoltenKatie Holten is a 4th grade teacher at Garlough Environmental Magnet School. This year she has taken on the added role of a building-wide digital learning coach. Within this position, Katie introduces her colleagues to new programs, apps and technology-based teaching strategies. Most importantly, however, she inspires them and helps her fellow teachers see the possibilities and what technology can bring to their classrooms. She works hard to present professional development and trainings in ways that are stress-free and offer staff practical tools and new ideas, not just "one more thing" in an already busy day. Katie is a true leader who is committed to helping students achieve. The students, staff and parents at Garlough are fortunate to have Katie as part of their school community.