Ken-A-Vision Announces Jan Alderson the Recipient of the 2009 Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award

Kansas City – March 31, 2009 – Ken-A-Vision, a leading manufacturer of digital presentation solutions, document cameras, microscopes and applications software to the educational market, today announced Jan Alderson, science teacher at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas, as the recipient of the 2009 Sister Martina Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award.

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 20 years and who have maintained a standard of excellence within and outside the classroom. Anderson will receive $1,000 and a plaque from Science Pioneers at the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony on April 4, 2009.

In her 40-year career in science education, Alderson has helped establish notable programs such as: the Missouri and Kansas Science Olympics; the Science Knowledge Bowl at Rockhurst University; the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Competition for Young Women; the UMKC High School Science, Mathematics and Technology Institute; and the InterACTION Science Quarterly.

“This award is for the teaching professional who demonstrates creativity and technological innovation while engaging students in the subject matter” said Steve Dunn, President of Ken-A-Vision. “Jan Alderson has been recognized in such areas as classroom innovation, providing a wide variety of environmental educational experiences, making a difference for women, and involving students in science research.”

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 56 years of teaching excellence.

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