Rosemount High School Information and Technology Integration Specialist Susan Semmler and Highland Elementary School 4th Grade Teacher Kim Scheuring are this year’s recipients of the TIES Exceptional Teacher Awards in District 196.
Sponsored by the education technology cooperative TIES, the annual awards honor teachers in member districts who effectively integrate technology into the learning process. Semmler and Scheuring will be recognized along with other recipients during the TIES annual conference Dec. 12 in Minneapolis.
Susan Semmler is credited by her colleagues with revitalizing Rosemount High School’s library into a place that is a hub of activity throughout the school day. “She converted unused spaces into makerspaces, flex spaces with green screens and a new conference room with flexible seating and multimedia options,” her nomination reads. “The result is that the library is now the center of the Rosemount High School learning community.” Semmler was a former science teacher at Rosemount High who returned to Rosemount after teaching at an international school in Myanmar and briefly serving as an administrator at a school in St. Paul. Her teaching background and kind and caring personality attract teachers and students to the library, where they find her always smiling and eager to help them improve their teaching and learning with technology. “Susan has become a leader in the vision and planning for our school’s integration of technology,” her colleagues wrote.
Kim Scheuring was an early adopter to integrating technology into her daily instruction. In 2014, she was one of approximately 40 teachers in District 196 selected to help pave the way for others in learning how to effectively use technology in a classroom where every student has access to a learning device. Her 4th grade students use technology in a variety of ways that align with the framework of the district’s learning and technology vision of: 1) accessing and analyzing information; 2) collaborating and communicating; 3) innovating, creating and publishing, and 4) digital citizenship. Last year, her class developed a website about an author they were studying. They published what they learned about her life, her journey as an author and information about the books she had written. When the website was complete, they shared it with an authentic audience that included the author herself. “Kim is a life-long learner who listens to her students to determine how to effectively utilize technology based on the learning her students need,” her nomination reads.