Ken-A-Vision Announces Keith Hannaman the Recipient of the 2012 Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award

Kansas City  – March 24, 2012 – Ken-A-Vision, a leading manufacturer of digital presentation solutions, document cameras, microscopes and applications software to the educational market,  today announced Keith Hannaman, science teacher at Blue Springs South High School in Blue Springs, Missouri, as the recipient of the 2012 Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award.  Hannaman, the ninth recipient of the annual award, will receive a plaque and $1,000 at the Awards Ceremony of the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair on March 24.

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 for at least 15 years and who have maintained a standard of excellence within and outside the classroom.  

Hannaman’s most recent honor in his 38-year career in science education is receiving the 2011 award for the Japan Fulbright Teacher Exchange for Educational Sustainable Development. In addition to the award, the Fulbright committee invited Hannaman to speak about Community and Place Based  Education before the Japanese Ministry of Education, the American and Japanese Fulbright teachers, and UNESCO.  Subsequently, Hannaman’s proposal to the committee to bring the Japanese Fulbright teachers to Blue Springs South High School this spring was accepted. 

Other honors Hannaman received over the years include: the first teacher on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Environmental Education Association; on the Board of Directors of the Conservation Federation of Missouri; recipient of the 2010 Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica; recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Service by an Individual Award given by the Science Teachers of Missouri.

Under Hannaman’s leadership, his students have converted a local neighborhood park into a Missouri Department of Conservation Outdoor Classroom, a nationally recognized prairie restoration project. For the past 6 years, Hannaman’s AP Environmental Science students conducted one of the largest Earth Day Celebrations in the Kansas City area for 600 elementary students. Also, Hannaman’s students participate in the Canon Envirothon, a program and competition about wildlife, soils, forestry and aquatics, and have finished 4 times in the top 10 at the Missouri state finals.

“We congratulate Keith Hannaman on his extensive dedication and contributions, not only to the education of our students but the environmental awareness throughout our community,” said Steve Dunn, President of Ken-A-Vision. “He is without question a passionate and respected educator, whose positive influence goes beyond the classroom.”

The annual award was started in 2003 by Tom Dunn, former President of Ken-A-Vision, to honor Sister Martina Rockers of BishopMiegeHigh Schoolin Roeland Park, Kansasfor her teaching excellence. Sister Martina is currently in her 59th year of teaching.

About Ken-A-Vision  A leader in digital presentation solutions, document cameras, microscopes and applications software, Ken-A-Vision provides high quality, cost-effective products.  For 65 years, Ken-A-Vision has created innovative products for the global market such as the Microprojector, the Comprehensive Scope 2 line, the kena digital microscope and the Video Flex camera line.  Based in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A., Ken-A-Vision helps students see more, do more and learn more. For more information, visit www.ken-a-vision.com or contact solutions@ken-a-vision.com.

About Science Pioneers  The mission of Science Pioneers is to create innovative and supportive educational activities that will encourage the youth of Kansas City to understand and use science and critical thinking in their careers and everyday life. For more information, visit www.sciencepioneers.org or contact admin@sciencepioneers.com.

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