Amy Tiedens Named Transportation Administrator of the Year

The Minnesota Association of Pupil Transportation (MAPT) honored Amy Tiedens of Intermediate District 287 with their award, Transportation Administrator of the Year. 

Intermediate School District 287 offers specialized services and environments to students with unique needs. It is comprised of 11 Hennepin County school districts. Tiedens works at the District Service Center in Plymouth. “District 287 is a better place for students because of Amy and we are grateful for her leadership,” said Superintendent Sandy Lewandowski. Tiedens was nominated for the award by Lewandowski and director of human resources, Michelle Axell.

Tiedens’s family taught her that everyone has limitations or setbacks, but there is always a way to encourage and support people through it. Her father had lost an arm and a leg due to a childhood train accident. Also, her mother and sister were born with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). 

In 1999, Tiedens joined District 287 as an educational assistant. Also during that time, she taught drivers education. She became a transportation routing coordinator in 2010. Last year, she was promoted to manager. She earned a B.A. in organizational leadership from Bethel University.

She hosted MAPT’s annual conference, and she chairs MAPT’s special education committee. 

This summer, School Transportation News highlighted her work developing relationships between school bus drivers and student-passengers. Through Tiedens, District 287 implemented Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS).

Superintendent Lewandowski was her sister’s teacher at Michael Dowling School for the Disabled in Minneapolis. She also knew Lewandowski while she was a teenage volunteer at the school. Amy’s personal experience and expertise in special education make her well-equipped to serve the busing needs of unique students. 

The award was presented to her on July 17, 2019, by Derrick Agate, MAPT president and Hopkins Public Schools transportation director.

MAPT was founded in 1975. Its mission is to develop and educate industry professionals to increase safety, efficiency and economy in pupil transportation service throughout Minnesota. It has over 400 members, including bus drivers, dispatchers, mechanics, administrators, and bus company owners.

Amy presented on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) on the school bus to over 200 school transportation professionals from across the country in March at the Transporting Students with Disabilities & Special Needs Conference in Texas.  Amy was invited back to present again at the conference next year