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SAE International Honors Dysart Unified School Teacher

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 31, 2007 - Angela Kirschner

Angela Kirschner of the Dysart Unified School District in Surprise, Ariz., is the recipient of SAE International's Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence.

The award, established in 2001, recognizes a middle school teacher who has made creative and exemplary use of SAE International's A World In Motion® (AWIM) program to further develop students' understanding of math and science. The award commemorates Gary Dickinson, an automotive industry leader who played a major role in the development of AWIM for middle school students.

The award is funded through the SAE Foundation. In addition to supporting the awards, recognition and scholarship programs of SAE International, the SAE Foundation develops and funds programs and incentives that foster student interest in engineering, scientific and technical education.

Kirschner is a seventh grade science teacher at Western Peaks Elementary School in the Dysart Unified School District. She also coaches seventh and eighth grade girls' basketball.

"This is my second year teaching seventh grade science and already the students are asking when they will have an opportunity to start the AWIM project," said Kirschner. "They heard rave reviews from the students last year."

Previously, Kirschner was an assistant account executive at an advertising agency in the Detroit area, where she worked on accounts for the automotive industry.

Kirschner holds a bachelor's with a major in business marketing and a minor in chemistry from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich., and a master's in education from the University of Phoenix. She resides in Surprise, Ariz.

For more information on Kirschner, please contact the Dysart Unified School District Communications and Public Affairs Office at

For more information on SAE International's Gary Dickinson Award for Teaching Excellence and the AWIM program, please contact