Cheryl Apperson, science teacher at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Mo., received the 2010 Monsanto Outstanding Science Teaching Award. The award, co-sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and the University of Missouri–St. Louis, was presented at the Missouri Regional Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium. The three-day symposium was held recently at the university.

Apperson worked for the Rockwood School District for 19 years before retiring two years ago. There, she taught human anatomy, biology, physical science, physiology and integrated biology/chemistry. She graduated from UMSL in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in education.

“I actually went back to get my teaching certification after the last of my three kids started school, so I didn’t start teaching until I was in my early 40s,” she said.

Apperson currently teaches authentic science research for Rockwood.

“I am very honored to be among those teachers who have previously won the Monsanto Science Teaching Award; they are an amazing group,” Apperson said. “I plan on using the award money to place in a fund at Rockwood Summit to supply grants to research students who need funding for their research.”

The award, established in 1986, recognizes outstanding science teachers in Missouri. Eligible teachers must have a minimum of 10 years teaching experience and an advanced degree. Selection is based on the success and extent of which the nominee has fostered the knowledge, interest, philosophy and skills in the sciences. The award carries a $1,000 honorarium from the Monsanto Foundation.

For 37 years, JSEHS has provided Missouri students and teachers with a unique developmental experience. The symposium allows high school students and teachers to discuss their research interest with world-renowned scientists, visit the laboratories of practicing scientists and learn about career opportunities.

Call Charles Granger at 314-516-6220 for more information on the symposium.

Kylie Shafferkoetter

Kylie Shafferkoetter