Schaack receives TIE HERO Award Karon Schaack, S.D. Department of Education deputy secretary, has received the first ever HERO Award from Technology & Innovation in Education (TIE) leaders for her contributions to education in South Dakota.
Gov. Mike Rounds, said "Schaack's vision for and commitment to quality education in our state has had a tremendous and enduring positive impact on our schools. Her role as an initiator and champion of school technology has been invaluable.
Schaack was instrumental in developing TIE, which began in 1986 as her idea for a statewide system that would help schools successfully integrate computers into their curriculum.
Through her initiative and the support of department leaders, the TIE project was launched. This partnership between the department and TIE has made TIE the state's largest provider of professional development and the host of the state's largest education conference.
"Throughout the years, Schaack has remained an advocate and champion for TIE and its services," Rounds said. "The success of TIE is a reflection of Schaack's vision and support."
"TIE leaders want to recognize and honor Karon for her commitment to education in South Dakota and to thank her for her special attention to the goals and work of TIE." TIE Director Jim Parry said.
Over the course of her 26 years of service to the state, Schaack has earned the respect of South Dakota's educational community as a leader with a commitment and passion for quality schools.
"Karon has always embraced opportunities and challenges and tackles them with tenacity and hard work. She leaves a powerful legacy for the department and for the State," Department of Education Secretary Rick Melmer said.
"During her long and distinguished service, Schaack has been a model of lifelong learning, continuously acquiring new knowledge and skills to apply and share with her colleagues," Melmer said. Schaack will retire from the Department of Education in May.