AFA announces the National Teacher of the Year 2021


Arlington, Virginia (July 19, 2021) – The Air Force Association is proud to announce that Megan Tucker of Lovettsville, Virginia has been named AFA National Teacher of the Year 2021 by Rolls-Royce. The program recognizes classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievement among exciting K-12 students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepares students to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.

A 17 year veteran of teaching, Tucker has served as a STEAM Specialist (K-5) / Instructional Facilitator of Technology (K-5 and Professional Development) / Gifted Teacher (K-5 and Professional Development) / Intervention Coordinator, and for the past five years STEAM Curriculum Consultant at Hillsboro Charter Academy, Hillsboro, Virginia.

“MS. Tucker, our National Teacher of the Year 2021, is another great STEM teacher selected as part of the prestigious AFA Teacher of the Year program,” said Jim Hannam, AFA Vice Chairman of Aerospace Education Finalists were brilliant, enthusiastic instructors and it was a tough job for our team to be among the fantastic nominees in the States and overseas. Infected by what she calls ‘aviation fascination’, Ms. Tucker is an exemplary exponent of America innovative teachers for AFA and Rolls-Royce. “

AFA Gabriel Chapter # 433 nominated Chapter President Mike Winters met Ms. Tucker when she invited him to attend a flight funday.

“I’ve participated in many programs aimed at creating a passion for the STEM areas,” said Winters. “None of this could match Megan’s infectious enthusiasm that spread throughout the school! All the more impressive that she can bring this enthusiasm into elementary school. The Air Force Association is blessed to have an instructor who is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of aviation through a school-wide elementary STEM program. It has a really positive influence on the future of Air & Space Power in the earliest learning phase. “

Ms. Tucker completed her Bachelor in Elementary Education and her Master in Science Education.

“We congratulate Megan Tucker on this well-deserved recognition of AFA’s National Teacher of the Year,” said Darryl Roberson, Rolls-Royce, senior vice president and Air Force Lt. Gen. (Ret.). “Her enthusiasm and enthusiasm inspire her students, and her focus on aerospace will help nurture the next generation of scientists and technology leaders needed by the Air Force and industry. Rolls-Royce is proud to support Megan and all recognized teachers in the National Teacher of the Year program and to support AFA’s Aerospace Education program as a platinum sponsor. “

The winners of the second and third place of the AFA National Teachers of the Year presented by Rolls-Royce are:

Ashley Blackstone-Smith
Second place winner
Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Jennifer Donais
Third place winner
Amesbury Middle School
Amesbury, MA

The Air Force Association thanks Rolls-Royce, its platinum sponsor of the Aerospace Education Program, for continuing to support the AFA Teacher of the Year program, which enables the program to continue honoring educational innovators in STEM. The AFA Teacher of the Year program dates back to the early 1990s when the mission began to recognize Class Teachers (K-12) for their innovative and successful teaching programs.

The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional training association for the military and aerospace industry. Our mission is to promote dominant US air and space forces as the foundation of strong national defense; to honor and support our aviators, guards, and their families; and to remember and respect our enduring heritage.

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