Ken-A-Vision Announces Randy Dix the Recipient of the 2010 Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award
Kansas City – March 30, 2010 – Ken-A-Vision, a leading manufacturer of digital presentation solutions, document cameras, microscopes and applications software to the educational market, today announced Randy Dix, science teacher at Olathe North High School in Olathe, Kansas, as the recipient of the 2010 Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award. Dix, the seventh recipient of the annual award, was presented a plaque and $1,000 at the Awards Ceremony of the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair on March 27.
The Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by Ken-A-Vision and selected by Science Pioneers, recognizes 9-12 grade teachers who have taught science, mathematics, or technology in the same school or system for at least 20 years and who have maintained a standard of excellence within and outside the classroom.
In his 33-year career in science education, of which 26 years have been at Olathe North High School, Dix’s goal has been to help his students to become scientifically literate citizens. Dix believes that biological or scientific literacy provides students with an understanding of science required for personal decision making and responsible citizenship. Dix developed and facilitated a successful district-wide program to interest his students in pursuing professions in Biotechnoloy
and Life Sciences, high-profile and exploding fields in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The program combines rigorous math and science classes with the opportunity to job shadow science professionals.
Dix has been instrumental in promoting digital technology in the classroom as shown in his participation in the three-year pilot of Prentice Hall’s “Exploring Life” biology text, a study using printed text supported by interactive web sites. Another example, his current biotechnology class is one of few classes in the U.S. working remotely with the Milwaukee School of Engineering to model proteins.
“This award is for the teaching professional who consistently demonstrates creativity and technological innovation while engaging students in the subject matter” said Steve Dunn, President of Ken-A-Vision. “Randy Dix is an outstanding, dedicated instructor who has exemplified these characteristics.”
The annual award was started in 2003 by Tom Dunn, former President of Ken-A-Vision, to honor Sister Martina Rockers of Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, Kansas for her teaching excellence. She is currently in her 57th year of teaching.