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Free State High School chemistry teacher Jordan Rose was recently named the winner of the Lawrence Schools Foundation's "Bobs Award."
The award, along with a $10,000 check, was presented Thursday during a faculty luncheon on the final day of classes.
The award is presented each year to an educator in the Lawrence school district who, "exemplifies extraordinary instruction skills; reflects commitment to quality education and dedication to teaching; focuses on individual student achievement; administers to the whole child, guiding each student to achieve his full potential; and is deemed to be proficient, caring, adaptable and professional," according to the foundation.
Rose has taught at Free State since 2001 after earning her bachelor's degree at Kansas University. She has taught biology, chemistry, advanced chemistry, AP chemistry, STEM lab and independent study.
"Jordan's extensive subject matter and enthusiasm for the classroom creates an ideal environment for all students," said Free State Principal Ed West. "Beyond the classroom, Jordan is a recognized leader among her colleagues. Her impact on Free State High School transcends her own classroom, as she helps to make the entire school the best it can be."
The Bobs award was established through the foundation by a group of civic leaders who share the same first name Bob. Those benefactors have chosen to remain anonymous to focus attention on the award recipients.
The Lawrence Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money to enrich the education of students in the Lawrence district. It helps fund early childhood education programs, innovative teaching and learning opportunities, recognition of outstanding educators and encouragement of student achievement.