Two district teachers honored

Two teachers from Forest Lake Area Schools were recently presented with awards from the education technology collaborative TIES.



Joe Mueller, a high school English teacher, and Kirk Bille, who teaches fourth grade at Lino Lakes Elementary, were awarded TIES Exceptional Teacher Awards at the 2012 Education Technology Conference held Dec. 8 to 11 at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The Exceptional Teacher Awards are presented annually to teachers in school districts that are part of the TIES network who display the best and most innovative ways to use technology in their classrooms.



Mueller has taught English at Forest Lake Area High School since the fall of 2006, is a member of the school’s Instructional Leadership Team and, according to Forest Lake’s Director of Teaching and Learning Jennifer Tolzmann, is “viewed by his peers and students as an instructional leader.”

Bille, who has taught in the district since 2006 and has become one of the leaders of Lino Lakes’ STEM initiative, “seamlessly integrates technology for his students,” Tolzmann said.

TIES is a joint-powers education technology cooperative that has existed since 1967. TIES is owned by its members, 46 school districts from around Minnesota, a total of 514 schools. For more information visit

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