Summit Technology Academy educator praised for her work in STEM
Peggy Hinzman of Summit Technology Academy was named the Missouri Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year. She received the award at the Missouri State PLTW conference, held Nov. 5-6 in Blue Springs.
Ms. Hinzman was praised for being a consummate professional who goes the extra mile to serve her students, her profession and her community partners. She was one of 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 this course as well as biomedical innovation.
She initiated a five-minute mentoring event with St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, coordinating the event with the hospital’s outreach educator to allow students to talk to various St. Joseph professionals. Ms. Hinzman is a model of life-long learning and has participated in summer internships to expand her own knowledge. These internships have included six weeks in a research lab as well as participating in emergency medical technical training. In addition, she helps plan Health Science Day at Summit Technology Academy to encourage students to matriculate through the Project Lead the Way courses.
The Lee’s Summit R-7 teacher was praised for collaborating with teacher colleagues, participating in professional development opportunities, initiating a Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter at Summit Technology Academy and for being an outstanding advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Her students have consistently won awards at the KC STEM Alliance Student Showcase event where they create robust, data-driven authentic projects.
Ms. Hinzman has worked at Summit Technology Academy for 15 years and has 18 years of experience in education. In 2013-14, she was named a Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Teaching Award.