Topeka High School chemistry teacher Anton Ahrens has been selected to receive the 2013-14 Phyllis Johnson Patrick Outstanding High School Chemistry Teaching Award. The Phyllis Johnson Patrick High School Chemistry Teaching Award annually recognizes an outstanding Kansas high school teacher who has demonstrated the ability to inspire excitement and interest about chemistry among his or her students through exemplary teaching.
Ahrens is a 1980 graduate of Kansas State University who earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry. He taught chemistry, physics and physical science at Highland Park High School in Topeka from 1980 - 1982, before earning his M.S. degree in Physical Chemistry at the University of Kansas in 1984. In 1984, he accepted his current position on the faculty of Topeka High School. At Topeka High, Ahrens has taught more than 4,500 students in chemistry, physical science and AP chemistry, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in scientific research, medicine and education.
Anton Ahrens will receive his award, which includes an honorarium of $1,000, at a special luncheon on the K-State campus on Thursday, October 3.