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Charles Jenney

Charles Jenney (KS '03)


Robinson Middle School
Wichita, KS

At the time of the Award, Charles Jenney was:

Robinson Middle School
Wichita, KS

Subject(s) taught: Science
Grade(s): 7, 8

Biographical Information

Charles Jenney has been teaching science in the same building for his entire career. He has served on the Science Instructional Leadership Team for the Wichita Public Schools, conducting in-service training, developing district-wide assessments and pacing guides. He is currently on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Leadership team for the district, piloting the use of new science technologies and training other science teachers in their use. Charles is most proud of the private sector-public school relationship that resulted in his classroom being extensively technologically connected and almost paperless in nature. Prior to becoming an educator he was a project manager for an analytical laboratory and previous to that a field investigator for an environmental consulting firm.

Personal Message

I have been invited to promote the use of technology in the science classrooms here in Wichita and I am keenly aware that I was asked to do so due, at least is part, to my recognition as a Milken Educator. The award has opened more doors for me than I can recall and likely even know about. Receiving the Milken Educator award greatly reinforced the decision I made to enter the field of education. It is by far and away greatest honor of my life and has shaped my career in untold ways.

Additional Information


1988 Baker University, B.S.

1998 Bethany College, B.A. Biology Teaching with Endorsements in Chemistry and Middle School General Science

Piloting of and Training other educators in the use of Vernier LabQuest hand-held lab data collection devices. District-wide Instructional Leadership Team for Science. Testimony before Kansas State Board of Education related to sex education.