McCullough receives AIAA Aerospace Achievement award

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation recently honored the winners of the 2013 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Awards at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on May 8, in Washington, D.C.

Sean McCullough, Project Lead the Way Instructor at the Anderson Districts I & II Career & Technology Center, was among those teachers receiving the award. The AIAA Foundation presents the Educator Achievement Awards every two years to classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in exciting students in grades K–12 about the study of mathematics, science, and related technical studies, and in preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.

The AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award has been presented to over 52 educators since 1997, and has become a sought after honor in the education community.

AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus stated: “The seven educators selected to receive the 2013 AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award are a testament to how love of a subject coupled with inspiring teaching helps build the next generation of aerospace engineers and scientists.

All it takes is a single spark, lit by an engaging teacher, to ignite the curiosity and interest of a student about the wonder and creativity resident in the world of science and engineering. We need educators at all grade levels to engage students and give them the knowledge and tools to foster their creativity. Without outstanding educators, of which our awardees are an example, such inspiration may never occur. I salute these educators and thank them for their time and talents.”

McCullough has been teaching Project Lead the Way Engineering courses at the Career & Technology Center for seven years. The Aerospace

Engineering course has been taught for three years at the Center and continues to have strong student enrollment.AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and nearly 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit www.aiaa.org.