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NKC Teacher Earns Outstanding PLTW Honor
Posted 11/15/2017 08:50AM

Annual Missouri Project Lead The Way Conference Recognizes Outstanding Professionals and Business Partner

ROLLA, MO- Nearly 800 participants convened at Blue Springs South High School, in Blue Springs, MO, for the 6th Annual Missouri Project Lead The Way State Conference held November 5-6, 2017. Attendees included teachers, students, administrators, exhibitors, non-profits, industry leaders and dignitaries from the state and local government. The goal was to share, collaborate, recognize achievement and increase awareness for PLTW and STEM training throughout the state of Missouri. 

Seven Missouri individuals and a business partner were recognized for their outstanding service to Project Lead The Way, their school district and their students.  Each was nominated and chosen by a committee of their peers and honored at the Awards and Recognition Banquet. They are:  

Outstanding Administrator: Marilyn Allen, Affton 101 School District
Outstanding Engineering Teacher: Jennifer Ewan, Blue Springs Freshman Center, Blue Springs R-IV School District
Outstanding Biomedical Science Teacher: Peggy Hinzman, Summit Technology Academy, Lee’s Summit School District
Outstanding Computer Science Teacher: Lewis McKenzie, North Kansas City High School, NKC School District
Outstanding Launch Teacher: Jana Monzyk, Washington School District
Outstanding Gateway Teacher: Mindy Gray, Kearney R-1 School District
Outstanding Counselor: Chancy Glynn, Adrian R-3 School District
Outstanding Business Partner: Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO  

Each nominee was chosen for their dedication and commitment and presented with a plaque and award poster.  “We appreciate all they do to inspire and engage students to be the leaders of the future.  We applaud them for a job well done,” says David Hosick, Project Lead the Way Senior Affiliate Director, Missouri S&T.    

Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of National PLTW congratulated and presented each nominee with their award and a signed copy of his latest book, Dream Differently, Candid Advice for America’s Students.

The PLTW Conference is held each year in various locations around the state.  Next year, it will be held Nov. 4 and 5 in Blue Springs, MO.                                                                        

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