David Beier is the 2015 Winner of The Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award! Congratulations David!

The Sister Martina Rockers Award is given annually by Ken-A-Vision to a middle school or high school STEM teacher who demonstrates the qualities of excellence in science teaching and student centered instruction that is exemplified by Sister Martina herself from her sixty plus years of teaching at Bishop Miege High School. The award winner is nominated and selected by a blue ribbon panel of their peers. Ken-A-Vision, as an international manufacturer of microscopes and document cameras, is very proud to sponsor this annual award.

We are delighted to announce this year’s winner is David Beier from The Barstow Middle School, located in Kansas City, Missouri. David has been teaching for over 30 years, having also been very active in Professional Development in the Kansas City Area.

David is active in Science Professional Development on the Regional and National stage, as well, having presented more than 30 times at NSTA National Conferences on Science Education as well as serving as a Strand Leader for NSTA the last time Kansas City hosted an NSTA Regional. He has presented often at STOM and KATS, and has presented many times at state conferences on science education in Colorado, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa. Not only has David been essential in teaching students, he has also been an instructor at Washington University in St. Louis thru their Science Outreach Department, teaching Physics and Physical Science workshops for teachers along with the same for Rockhurst University and Emporia University, among other institutions of higher education.

In addition, David works as an Astrophysics Ambassador for NASA, by working out of the NASA Education/Public Outreach Office at Sonoma State University on the Swift Space Telescope Project, a Black Hole detector, and he also travels the country teaching about Black Holes to teachers and students. Prior to that, he served in the same capacity with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on the Human Mission to Mars Project, starting in 1996.

In the tradition of Sister Martina, David has shared his knowledge and skills as a science teacher locally and nationally. David continues the tradition of being a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award. He will receive a handsome plaque and a significant check to outfit his classroom with ken-a-vision products as he sees fit. Ms. Emily Meyer, Ken-A-Vision Science Education Specialist, will present the award at the national NSTA Conference on Science Education.

Please join me in congratulating David Beier as the 2015 recipient of the Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award.