TIES Institute 2017 Presenters


Keynote Speaker: Kory Graham

Elementary Innovations Teacher, Byron School District


After 25+ years of classroom teaching in all levels K-6, Kory is entering her third year of being the Innovations Specialist in the Byron School District, teaching grades 1-5. Making this exciting jump allows her to pursue her passion. She is extremely passionate about improving teaching and learning through technology, and think anything can be fixed with a good attitude, a cape, and some Booyah!

Keynote Speaker: Cory Klinge

Instructional Excellence Coordinator, Eden Prairie Schools


Cory Klinge has 15 years of education and technology experience. He is an Instructional Excellence Coordinator for Eden Prairie Schools in Eden Prairie, MN. Cory earned his Masters of Arts in Education at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He is an adjunct instructor at St Mary’s University in Minnesota. A former American & World History teacher, Cory is now a Google Certified Trainer, a Google Educator, a Schoology Ambassador, a Nearpod PioNear, and a regular presenter at state-level educational technology conferences. Cory is married to an educator and is a proud father of 2.


Session Presenters

Andi Bodeau, Digital Learning & Instructional Media Coordinator, Osseo Area Schools

Andi Bodeau is the Digital Learning & Instructional Media Coordinator for Osseo Area Schools. Her passion is to empower educators to use technology as a tool to accelerate student learning. In 2011, she became a Google Certified Trainer and she regularly presents at local and regional conferences. One of her professional highlights was presenting at the first TedxBurnsvilleED in 2013.

Jocelynn Buckentin,
Technology Innovation Specialist, Hutchinson Public Schools

Jocelynn Buckentin is the District Technology Innovation Specialist for Hutchinson Public Schools. She has her master’s degree in Educational Technology from Concordia University- St. Paul and is a Level 2 Google Educator. As a former 6-12 Social Studies Teacher, Jocelynn is passionate about project-based and game-based learning experiences that utilize technology and how they can increase student engagement. In her free time, Jocelynn enjoys camping, reading, teaching Zumba classes and spending time with her family.

Beth Erlenborn, Library Media Specialist, Mahtomedi Public Schools

Beth Erlenborn is a Library Media Specialist and has been teaching elementary students since 2004. Elementary Education is her second career after having spent 13 years in the business world teaching adults how to use computers, programming as a software analyst and owning her own software company for 5 years. She has a Masters in School Library and Information Technology from Mansfield University, PA. She is a Google Certified Educator : Level 1. She recently was named a TIES Exceptional Teacher in 2016. She was a featured presenter in Wisconsin’s first Digital Learning Day in February 2011. She also presented a Schoology session at WEMTA in 2014. She has spent several years developing a student portfolio system using Google Presentations and Google Slides to facilitate ongoing learning conversations. Students share a Presentation link, and Beth manages a private Google Website with pages for each media class. A second website is shared with all students, and links are added to showcase student work. Beth is currently developing scratch programming courses for grades 3 through 5 to support students in developing computational thinking skills and coding skills.

Susan Herder, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mounds View

Susan is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Mounds View Public Schools. A former middle school science teacher, she supports the integration of classroom sets of Chromebooks at all levels and provides support to the professional learning communities around this initiative. She is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Google for Education Certified Trainer, bringing this experience to her trainings and professional development.

Tricia Louis, Technology Integration Professional, Richland School District

Tricia Louis is an #edtech advocate. In her position as the Technology Integration Professional at the Richland School District, she brings individual & group training to the 200+ staff employed there. Tricia is a part of the Google For Education Certified Trainer Program. Tricia is also an ambassador for #edtech ventures such as MakeyMakey, Recap, Reflector, and Plickers. Tricia shares her passion for edtech at conferences and EdCamps all around the upper Midwest. In her personal life, Tricia is a musician in several local groups and she also enjoys travel and photography as her hobbies.

Karen Qualey, Digital Learning Coordinator, Bloomington Public Schools

Karen Qualey is Digital Learning Coordinator for the Bloomington Public Schools. She works with teachers to support personalized learning in blended and online environments. Karen is excited about student innovation / maker spaces, flexible instruction, digital citizenship and is a Google for Education Certified Trainer.

Andrea Thurmes, Biology Teacher, Big Lake High School

Andrea Thurmes is a graduate of Concordia College in 2013 and has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She loves Google Apps for Education and holds Level 1 & 2 certifications. She loves spending time with her family and traveling to visit friends.

Cara Hagen, TIES

Cara Hagen uses her experience as a building technology coordinator and college faculty member to lead professional development for educators on such topics as assessment, interactive whiteboards and teaching online. She has presented on technology integration at local, regional and national conferences.

Kate Indrelie, TIES

Kate is a former high school English teacher and instructor/director at technology summer camps. She passionate about using technology to integrate creativity and critical thinking in the classroom, particularly in beginning programming, digital art, engineering, and Minecraft.

Mary Mehsikomer, TIES

A Certified Education Technology Leader through the Consortium on School Networking, Mary Mehsikomer is an experienced trainer, program administrator and education technology consultant. She formerly managed NW-LINKS, a telecommunications region of 70 school districts in northwestern Minnesota, and guided school district technology planning and funding initiatives for the Minnesota Department of Education.

Ashley Protivinsky, TIES

Ashley has been at TIES for almost 3 years, prior to that she filled her math classroom with technology and fun. She loves working with educators on how to utilize technology to benefit the students and teachers.

Kathy Stalnaker, TIES

Kathy joined TIES as an Educational Technology consultant in July of 2016 after 25 years teaching English and integrating technology into her lesson plans to engage students and encourage a sense of awe and wonder as they mastered content and skills. Kathy is passionate about integrating technology and curriculum to build student centered, challenge based classrooms.


twitter_icon facebook_icopn