To the Classroom Teachers of America:
The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) is pleased to announce annual A. Scott Crossfield Award to encourage and recognize excellence in aerospace education. To quote the words of the late aviation legend and 1983 enshrinee:
“This award for a classroom teacher is in memory of the public school teachers who so wondrously influenced my whole life. 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 objective is to recognize and reward aerospace education teachers for outstanding achievement in aerospace education and to encourage further achievement in teaching aerospace.
Our aerospace future in today’s classrooms is in your hands. This we honor. With warmest regards and respect,”
A. Scott Crossfield
Purpose: The A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award (the Crossfield Award) is presented to recognize and reward aerospace education classroom teachers for outstanding accomplishments in aerospace education and for possessing those honorable attributes we expect from American Teachers.
Award Elements: Recipients receive two seats at the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Informal Hanger Party and two seats at the NAHF Enshrinement Dinner & Ceremony the following night where the winner will receive a $5000 cash stipend. Two nights lodging and with prior approved, roundtrip transportation costs to Fort Worth, Texas for the winner and guest. The winner and guest also receive invitation to attend several private NAHF events held in conjunction with the enshrinement weekend.
Qualifications: Nominees must be current classroom teachers from grades kindergarten through twelfth 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 student 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.
- Demonstrate creativity in developing and utilizing materials to enhance the teaching of aerospace.
- Maximize student 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 aerospace education.
Crossfield Teacher of the Year Nomination Package Information:
Please provide SIX COMPLETE COPIES of the following essential nominee information. Keeping in mind the selection, criteria, attach any additional documentation and/or materials you choose to enhance your nomination.
- Your personal letter describing why your nominee deserves to receive this award.
- A letter of endorsement of your nominee by their school principal, on school letterhead.
- List your nominee’s previous teaching positions, including schools, dates, levels and or disciplines.
- Honors and awards received by your nominee.
- A synopsis (250 words maximum) of your nominee’s community involvement.
- Documentation to support the nominee’s efforts to improve their own academic competence and show how this has enhanced aerospace education.
- Letters from students and / or parents that demonstrates the nominee’s exemplary teaching and an admiration by their students.
- Photographs of classroom activities, field trips, special events, etc., that show:
- Creativity in developing and utilizing materials to enhance the teaching of aerospace.
- Student involvement and classroom activities that improve the learning by the students.OR
- A one‐time project or program of such significance that it had a major impact on the teaching of aerospace education. Attachments must include a written report (1500 words maximum), accompanied by photographs and letters of endorsement indicating the scope of the project’s impact.
- Nomination packages may be submitted January 1 – June 10
- Nominations should address ALL listed areas and criteria
- Please do not submit packages in 3‐ring binders
- Submissions will NOT be returned to the applicant
- Should you nominee not be selected, you may resubmit the package with additional information to be evaluated in the following year.
Every effort will be made to notify the nominees of the results by July 15th
* For questions on developing your nomination package, contact the NAHF office at:
937‐256‐0944 ext. 11 or email Mpaule@nationalaviation.org