Angie Schnakenberg, a teacher at Blue Springs High School, received the March Educating Excellence Award from the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

Angie Schnakenberg, a teacher at Blue Springs High School, received the March Educating Excellence Award from the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

Perceptive Software and the University of Kansas launched the Educating Excellence program in March 2010 to recognize outstanding Kansas and Kansas City area high school science, technology, engineering and math teachers. She received a $1,500 Educating Excellence Award check.

Schnakenberg is being recognized for the positive impact that her engineering and chemistry classes have had on students as they prepare for life after high school. In addition to her teaching commitments, she is a mentor for the FIRST Robotics Program, a six-week program for designing and building a functional, competition-ready robot that involves leading and motivating a team during six weeks of nights and weekends.

Nominations for fall awards will be accepted until Aug. 1. To nominate a Kansas or Kansas City area science, technology, engineering or math teacher, visit www.educatingexcellence.org. After submitting a nomination, the nominator will be asked to provide three reference letters – one each from a current student, colleague and community member.

More information is available at www.educatingexcellence.org. Questions can be directed to educatingexcellence@perceptivesoftware.com.