• Teacher: Jeff Onnen
  • Subject: Chemistry
  • School: Shawnee Mission West
  • Awarded: April 2011

Teacher Bio - Chemistry doesn't come easily for everyone, but the subject matter can be a lot less frustrating for students who go through Jeff Onnen's class. For the last 17 years, this Shawnee Mission West teacher has been bringing the art of patience and practical application to the classroom. Colleagues and community members alike applaud Onnen for his dedication to teaching and his unique ability to connect with students and get them excited about learning.

In addition to his teaching commitments, Onnen coaches cross country and distance events for the school's track team. His brings the same message to both his runners and his chemistry class – to be your personal best you need to stay the course and practice discipline and commitment. It's these lessons that Onnen's former students say prepared them not only for college, but for life.

Onnen's receipt of the Educating Excellence award was featured in the Johnson County Sun