Jessica Gillespie (pictured on the left) and Donna Ohlgren (pictured in the middle) have been named Osseo Area Schools 2017 TIES Exceptional Teachers, an award recognizing educators who incorporate technology into their teaching and effectively engage students in hands-on learning opportunities. Additionally, Anthony Padrnos (pictured on the right) received the TIES Minnesota Technology Leader of the Year award.

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Jessica Gillespie

A French teacher at Park Center Senior High, Jessica improves student achievement through the implementation of personal goal setting, personal learning playlists and personalized learning time. Because of her efforts, students are scoring higher on formative and summative assessments and taking more ownership over the path of their learning. Jessica shares her journey through her blog, Crafting a French Blend, participates in numerous Twitter chats, and coordinates with other teachers in the district.

Donna Ohlgren

A library media specialist at Rush Creek Elementary, Donna has a passion for using technology to provide hands-on, authentic, real-world learning opportunities for students. Three years ago, Donna started “Makerspace Mornings” at her school, where students can rotate among several maker rotations and experience making activities to promote problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. She also coordinates coding and digital photography clubs where students learn various photography techniques.

Anthony Padrnos

Recognized for his excellence in leadership, innovation, community building, student learning and effective partnerships at Richfield Public Schools, Anthony received the TIES Minnesota Technology Leader of the Year award. As a former math teacher, he understands firsthand how important technology is in the classroom and in contributing to students’ learning. Anthony joined Osseo Area Schools in Nov. 2017 as the executive director of technology.