• Teacher: Mike McRoberts
  • Subject: AP Biology, Honors Biology
  • School: Olathe Northwest High School
  • Awarded: February 2013

Teacher Bio - Mike McRoberts is the recipient of the February 2013 Educating Excellence award. McRoberts teaches AP biology and honors biology at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas, and received three nominations from a student, colleague and community leader as an outstanding educator. According to those who nominated him for this award, Roberts inspires his students through his passion for science, enthusiasm for his students' success and positive attitude in and out of the classroom.

Representatives from Perceptive Software and the KU School of Engineering presented McRoberts with the $1,500 Educating Excellence award and a personal Lexmark printer on February 11, with a surprise gathering in his third-hour class at Olathe Northwest. The school principal, administrators, students, family, friends and well-wishers were in attendance to celebrate this achievement, and also recognize McRoberts' commitment to enriching the lives of his students.

"Mr. McRoberts has adapted well into the 21st century, integrating technology seamlessly throughout science," says Cassie Wang, a senior at Olathe Northwest High School. "I believe Mr. McRoberts would not only be an excellent candidate for this award, but also a rare one. His work ethic, kindheartedness, and passion for students learning make him more deserving of this recognition than anyone I could think of."

According to Olathe Northwest biology teacher Sue Rippe, "his lessons are alive with natural experiences, including laboratory experience, lively discussion on ethical issues, podcasts, guest speakers and various field trips."

In partnership with the University of Kansas School Of Engineering, Perceptive Software established the Educating Excellence program in 2010. The program was developed to recognize outstanding Kansas and Kansas City area high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers. Throughout the school year, Perceptive Software and the University of Kansas recognizes one teacher per month with a $1,500 cash award.