Ken-A-Vision Announces Mary Coogan the Recipient of the 2011 Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award
Kansas City – March 25, 2011 – Ken-A-Vision, a leading manufacturer of digital presentation solutions, document cameras, microscopes and applications software to the educational market, today announced Mary Coogan, science teacher at Liberty North High School in Liberty, Missouri, as the recipient of the 2011 Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award. Coogan, the eighth 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 26.
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 her 25-year career in science education, Coogan has devoted herself to providing a quality science education for high school students. For the past 11 years, Coogan has brought that devotion to Liberty Public Schools teaching various levels of chemistry and biology. At Liberty High School, she established one of the most competitive science programs in the Kansas City Metro area preparing her students for events such as Chemathon at Missouri Western State University and the Regional Science Knowledge Bowl at Rockhurst University. Coogan coached her teams to three consecutive successful appearances at the National Science Bowl in Washington, DC, and in 2007 won the Civility Award for sportsmanship.
“Mary Coogan’s commitment to task is what elevates her as an outstanding educator,” said Rosemary Camp, Science Department Chair at Liberty High School. “Rather than describing herself as a science teacher, Mary is quick to say that she teaches high school students about science, keeping the focus on her students, not herself. She differentiates her lessons, so that all students can attain success.”
According to Camp, “Recognizing that Mary must also stay current in scientific literature and educational best practices, she is an active member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Science Teachers of Missouri (STOM) and has presented at numerous conferences for these organizations.”
Steve Dunn, President of Ken-A-Vision added, “We at Ken-A-Vision are honored to announce Mary Coogan as a worthy recipient of the Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award. From being a former Liberty student to being the only faculty member selected to speak at the dedication ceremony for the opening of Liberty North High School in 2010, demonstrates Mary’s commitment to the education of her students.”
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. Sister Martina is currently in her 58th year of teaching.