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Aerospace teacher of the year entries soughtAerospace teacher of the year entries sought

Annual competition honors A. Scott CrossfieldAnnual competition honors A. Scott Crossfield

The National Aviation Hall of Fame is looking for entries to the thirty-second annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award.

Classroom teachers from kindergarten through twelfth grade in any public, private, parochial or charter school may be nominated for recognition by the National Aviation Hall of Fame of their aerospace education excellence. AOPA file photo by David Tulis.

The juried competition is open to current classroom teachers from grades kindergarten through 12 from any public, private, parochial, or charter school as well as educators in a nontraditional teaching setting.

The award's 2017 recipient was Velvet Thomas, who is known for her hands-on approach at Golden Poppy Elementary School in Palmdale, California.

The National Aviation Hall of Fame established the Crossfield award in 1986 to recognize aerospace educators who "set high standards for students and demand excellence in performance; strive to improve their personal academic competence and teaching ability; perform their teaching duties in an exemplary manner, resulting in true learning by students;" and "demonstrate creativity in developing and utilizing materials to enhance the teaching of aerospace," the organization said in a news release.

Crossfield, the first man to successfully fly at speeds above Mach 2 and Mach 3, was a naval aviator, aerospace engineer, and test pilot who was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1983.

The award, which is accompanied by a $1,500 stipend, will be presented at an awards ceremony on Sept. 27 at the National Air and Space Museum. The deadline for submissions is June 10. For more information, see the website.

AOPA Publications staff

Topics: Awards and Records

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