Scott Crossfield Foundation Recognizes Aerospace-Minded
Who among us doesn't
know a very special teacher... the one who influenced our
lives, and even changed the way we looked at the skies and stars?
The non-profit Scott Crossfield Foundation, which continues the
legacy of the storied aviator, tells ANN the deadline for
nominations for its 2008 A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education
Teacher of the Year Award is May 1.
The award was created and funded in 1986 by Scott Crossfield,
and was awarded annually under the stewardship of the Civil Air
Patrol during the National Congress on Aerospace Education, now
called the National Conference on Aerospace Education (NCASE).
After Crossfield's death in 2006, and the shift of NCASE from an
annual to biannual conference, Scott's daughter, Sally Crossfield
Farley, moved the award to the National Aviation Hall of Fame --
where it is now presented during the Enshrinement Weekend each July
in Dayton, OH.
"This award is in memory of the school teachers who influenced
Scott his entire life," Sally Crossfield Farley told ANN. "Its
objective is to recognize and reward aerospace education teachers
for outstanding achievement in aerospace education and to encourage
further achievement in teaching aerospace. It is dedicated to the
past recipients, who, in addition to having proven their dedication
and worth to aerospace education, have all gone on to greater
contributions of major significance."
The deadline for nominations is May 1. The annual contest is
open to current classroom teachers from grades K through 12 from
any public, private or parochial school. Nominees must either teach
aerospace education as a subject, or use aerospace education to
enrich the teaching of traditional subjects.
Although the Crossfield Award is an award presented to a
teacher, the accomplishments of the nominee need not be limited to
the year for which the award is given. The award recognizes
dedicated and talented aerospace education teachers who:
- Set high standards for students and demand excellence in
- Strive to improve their personal academic competence and
- Perform their teaching duties in an exemplary manner, resulting
in true learning by students.
- Demonstrate creativity in developing and utilizing materials to
enhance the teaching of aerospace.
involvement and classroom activities to improve student learning or
create and develop a one-time project or program of such
significance that it has a major impact on the teaching of
A review committee consisting of a legendary aviator, a past
Crossfield winner, aviation experts, and Crossfield family members
will examine qualifying nominations for documentation of a
teacher’s abilities to enhance teaching effectiveness,
demonstrate honorable attributes and personal improvement, and
maintain high standards for their students and themselves.
The selected educator and their guest will receive an all
expenses paid trip to Dayton for the annual NAHF President’s
Reception and Dinner on Friday, July 18, where the Crossfield Award
recipient will be presented a $1,500 cash stipend as a featured
part of the program. Additionally, the recipient and their guest
will be hosted by the NAHF at the Annual Enshrinement Dinner &
Ceremony, held at the Dayton Convention Center the following