From Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association
The Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association held its 40th Annual Conference on March 30 and 31, 2007 at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud. On Friday Joe Christensen, Holdingford, was named MDTSEA!s 2007 Teacher of the Year. Christensen has taught driver education for over 35 years. From 1972 until 1993 he taught driver education at Holdingford High School. He also taught mathematics and computer science at HHS from 1970 to 1993. Between 1984 and 1988 he worked on driver education projects at St. Cloud State including creations of computer programs entitled "Computer Assisted Driver Education." For several years he assisted in student teacher supervision at SCSU.
In 1993 he became a member of the traffic safety staff at St. Cloud State University. During his time at SCSU he did over 450 presentations about driving under the influence in high schools across the State of Minnesota. For five years he taught driver education at SCSU's demonstration program at Princeton High School. Christensen also assisted in the development of curriculum units about decision making, traffic mix, sleep and driving under the influence. He taught teacher preparation classes for SCSU and Hamline. With the end of grant money in 2003 he retired from SCSU. During 2003-5 he served as coordinator of the Towards Zero Deaths program in Princeton.
Currently Christensen is teaching part time for the driver education program at Princeton, serving as MDTSEA:s workshop and conference coordinator, as webmaster and as a member of the legislative committee. He also teaches mathematics part time at the Minnesota School of Business in Waite Park. Christensen is secretary of the Holdingford Lions Club, board chair of the HelpingHands Outreach to Elders program, co-chair of the Holdingford, Economic Development Task Force, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of Education Minnesota-Retired and a member of NEA-Retired.
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