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1-9-18 — Chisholm Trail Teacher Named Horizon Award Winner

Jan. 9, 2018 ~ A Chisholm Trail Middle School teacher was recently named one of the state’s Kansas Horizon Award winners. Seventh-grade science teacher Melissa Kinzer was honored for her work as a new educator with the prestigious Horizon Award.

The Kansas Horizon Awards, which are sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education, recognize the exemplary work of teachers during their first year in the classroom. Kinzer was one of 32 teachers across the state honored with the award this year. She is now in her second year of teaching in the district.

Kinzer received her bachelor’s degree in middle school science from Baker University and completed her master’s in technology enhanced teaching from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Prior to getting into teaching, she worked as a radiology and nuclear medicine technologist. She worked in a hospital setting taking x-rays and working with patients with radioactive isotopes for imaging and therapeutic procedures.

“I am humbled to receive such a prestigious award. I also know that this would not be possible without the support of the Olathe School District, Chisholm Trail administration, staff, and community,” Kinzer said. “I truly enjoy passing on my passion of science to my students and watching them grow as individuals.”

Principal Mike Wolgast said she is truly a special individual in the field of education.

“She is very deserving of this recognition,” Wolgast said. “While she is being honored as an outstanding new educator, she is outstanding in her field when compared to all educators. Melissa works tirelessly to improve each and every day and she strives to build positive relationships with her students, colleagues and parent community. Chisholm Trail is fortunate to have her as a member of our family.”