Congrats to Eric Kessler

Governor Sebelius surprised Eric with the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, yesterday at his school. From the KC Star:

“At Blue Valley North, Kessler teaches biology, field biology, zoology and Advanced Placement biology. But the 41-year-old is best known around school for his “snake trips” — field trips to wooded areas to see the slithery critters in their natural habitat.

“I do a lot with my students outside the classroom,” he said.

Blue Valley North principal Carter Burns Jr. said Kessler also took some students to Linn County earlier this month to hunt for lizards. “He does all of this not for notoriety but because he feels it’s the right thing to do for kids,” Burns said.

On Tuesday, Kessler wore jeans and a pair of glasses held together by tape. He admitted he was dressed for the part of science nerd rather than award recipient.

Senior Nick Scherer recalled taking Kessler’s biology class as a freshman. “He was really patient. He tried to make sure we got it right before we moved on,” Scherer said. Kessler has been teaching 16 years.”

Congrats, Eric. Well deserved.

I imagine he liked the Govenor’s surprise better than this surprise on his sandal…


A great opportunity–just ask Randy

2008 Frontiers in Physiology Fellowship: $8500 Summer Research Opportunity


Science teachers of grades 6-12 are invited to apply for this year-long immersion in the world of cutting-edge physiology research sponsored by the American Physiological Society (APS). Partnered with a local APS member scientist, fellows do hands-on research for 7-8 weeks during the summer, as well as explore and practice teaching methods that integrate inquiry, equity and the Internet into their classrooms. The fellowship concludes with a trip to a scientific conference in 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Awardees receive a stipend of up to $8500 over the fellowship year that includes travel and a mini-grant for classroom materials. Applications are due no later than January 10, 2008.


For more information about the fellowship, see the American Physiological Society’s web site: or contact Mel Limson ( in the APS Education Office.


Please pass this opportunity along to your colleagues!


Melvin Limson, Ph.D.

K-12 Education Programs Coordinator

The American Physiological Society

9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20814


Phone: 301.634.7231

Fax:     301.634.7098