Alderson8th – 12th  Grade Honors Biology, Human Anatomy/Physiology

Shawnee Mission South High School

Overland Park, Kansas


Total years as a classroom teacher: 45



M.A. in Biology        University of Missouri- KC      1973
B.S. in Education     University of Central Missouri 1969


2000-present    Shawnee Mission South HS
Grades 8-12     Physical Science, Biology, Human Anatomy/Physiology

2008- present   Avila University
Special Methods in Teaching Biology

1997-1999       University of MO-KC
UMKC H.S.  Science, Math, & Technology Institute

1981-2000       Raytown South High School
Grades 9-12     Biology, Earth Science, Physical Science

1969-1981       Pittman Hills Junior High
Grades 7-9      Life, Earth, Physical Sciences


2011                Burroughs Audubon Outstanding Educator Award (Greater Kansas City Chapter)

2009                Sister Mary Rockers Excellence in Teaching Award

1997                Mid-America Education Hall of Fame

1991                Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching (PAEST)

1986                ‘87  State Awardee for Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching (PAEST)

1985                Missouri alternate for NASA’s Teacher in Space Program

1978                Outstanding Missouri Conservation Educator (Conservation Federation of Missouri)

1975                Outstanding State Science Teacher Award (Missouri Academy of Science)

  • Mrs. Alderson describes herself and her life as “Eat. Sleep. Teach – that’s me.”
  • She believes that creativity and leadership are the core ingredients to sustain the “magic” of science for both students and teachers.
  • “Mrs. Alderson’s classroom is a carefully designed studio of experiments, research and meaningful information intentionally organized to educate, not overwhelm. She is constantly growing, learning, and mentoring. We are all beneficiaries of her quest to grow the next generation of well-rounded scientists.”
    —Joan Leavens, School Board Member
  • ”Mrs. Alderson dedicates herself to see students rise to their highest potential as they pursue scientific endeavors.  Her dedication to her profession is unwavering after 44 years of teaching and, most importantly, her commitment to her students is unmatched.”
    — Cathryn C. Linney, former student
  • “In all of her teaching efforts, she emphasizes ’hands-on’ and ‘minds-on’ learning by involving student research and ‘learning by doing’ by having her students tutor and mentor others and provide service to the community.”
    –Charles J. Wurrey, Ph.D., UMKC Professor