Teacher of the Year for 2003

Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi

News Release:  March 26, 2003

Keck Named "Teacher of the Year"

The Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi has named Karen Keck the “Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year” for 2003. Mrs. Keck teaches ninth through twelfth grade science at Kirksville High School. In presenting the award, Dr. Diana Rhodes, President of Kirksville Sigma Xi noted, “Teachers who are considered for this award are never nominated because students consider them “easy” teachers. Rather, teachers such as Karen Keck expect high standards from their students, and are respected for embracing these values.”

In addition to Kirksville High School, Mrs. Keck has taught seventh and eighth grade science at La Plata Jr./Sr. High School, ecology at Truman State University’s Joseph Baldwin Academy, and conservation biology at Moberly Area Community College. In letters of recommendation from her colleagues, Karen was described as having “boundless energy and creativity, coupled with expertise in her subject areas.” Others noted how “Karen’s number one concern is always the students.” A former student wrote, “Mrs. Keck’s outgoing, friendly, and adventurous personality helps keep her students interested in science and inspired to learn. Not only is she a wonderful teacher, but she is a lovely person as well.”

Sigma Xi is an international honor society for science and engineering, dedicated to promoting scientific enterprise and honoring scientific achievements. The Kirksville Chapter was founded in 1989 and is comprised primarily of faculty and students from Truman State University and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, a part of the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. The Teacher-of-the-Year award is part of the Kirksville’s Chapter effort to promote science in Northeast Missouri. A solicitation for nominations for this award was sent to principals of 81 schools in the region. From these nominations Karen Keck was chosen as the recipient. Rhodes commented, “The Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi is proud to honor an outstanding teacher like Mrs. Keck, who is dedicated to teaching science in a passionate and meaningful way to area students.”

The Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi also attempts to promote the understanding of science by providing a list of member scientists willing to give talks and demonstrations to local schools or organizations. Details regarding these opportunities are available at their community outreach web page at http://SigmaXi.Truman.edu/sxoutreach.html.

Karen Keck (right) receives the 2003 Sigma Xi Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Award from Diana Rhodes (left), President of the Kirksville Chapter of Sigma Xi

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Created:  October 4, 2003.  Last update:  October 4, 2003

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