Peggy Hinzman of Summit Technology Academy has been named the Missouri Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year.
Project Lead the Way is a national non-profit that has developed courses of study for computer science, engineering, and biomedical science in classrooms throughout the country. It emphasizes hands-on learning and problem-solving.
Hinzman, who has worked at Summit Tech for 15 years, received the award at the Missouri State PLTW conference earlier this month in Blue Springs.
She was among the first teachers to develop the Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) course curriculum in 2007-08, piloting the program and becoming a master teacher for that course as well as biomedical innovation.
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She initiated a five-minute mentoring event with St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, which allows students to talk to various St. Joseph professionals.
She helps plan Health Science Day at Summit Technology Academy to encourage students to advance through the Project Lead the Way courses.
She also has initiated a Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter at the Lee’s Summit R-7 district school.
Hinzman has participated in summer internships to expand her own knowledge, including six weeks in a research lab and participation in emergency medical technical training.
At the conference, the R-7 district was recognized as a 100-percent student access school district. To earn the honor, districts must offer Project Lead The Way for elementary, middle, and high school students.
2017 R-7 grads asked to take survey
Students who graduated last spring from Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North and Lee’s Summit West high schools are encouraged to take a short graduate survey at https//www1.lsr7.org/gradsurvey.
The Information gathered will help the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District make improvements. The percentage of R-7 students attending college or career-technical schools also is reported through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The graduate survey will be available through mid-January when the information must be sent to the state.
SCA recognizes two for Christian character
Summit Christian Academy has chosen two of its elementary school students for its Christian Character award for the first quarter.
The honorees are sixth-grader Sarah Kennedy, daughter of Terry and Susan Kennedy, and second-grade student Samuel Nagy, son of Kyle and Michelle Nagy.
The purpose of the award is to encourage students to pursue their highest potential of personal and academic development.
Gift from a grateful family
Members of the Lowe family presented a $675 donation in memory of Robert “Bob” Lowe to Great Beginnings Early Education Center this fall. Lowe was the grandfather of two former students at the center.
Family members talked about how much Lowe valued the preschool program and its positive impact on his granddaughters.
“You are an amazing community of educators ... the teachers, principal, paras, nurse, secretary, Mr. Neil ... you taught, comforted and loved our Ruby and Maddy,” a note from the Lowe family read. “We are forever grateful.”
Compiled by Elaine Adams, Special to the Journal