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Science Teacher named National Aviation Hall of Fame Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Middle School science teacher Caroline Little who was named The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) A. Scott Crossfield Educator of the Year.

The Crossfield Award, founded in 1986 by NAHF Enshrinee Scott Crossfield, is a juried annual competition to recognize a teacher for his or her exemplary use of aerospace in their classroom curricula.

Ms. Little is a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Teacher Innovator Institute Fellow, and NASA Wearable Equipment to Avert Radiation Mentor. She was nominated by former Middle School director Ben Tierney and by Mark Westlake, Saint Thomas Academy Innovation Center Director. Mr. Westlake said of Ms. Little, ”Caroline Little is a wonderful addition to the list of A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Teacher of the Year awardees for the role she has had developing young women into explorers who see themselves as agents of change. Her passion for science and engineering education can be seen in the projects and contests she makes available for her students.”

Ms. Little has earned several honors and awards for her work with students in science and engineering. These include, in 2021, being named a finalist in the Edward C. Roy Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching, a National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions Grosvenor Teaching Fellow and the recipient of an Air Force Association Educator Grant. 

Dr. Phil Roberts, NAHF Awards Chair, said “Ms. Little’s nomination was unanimously selected for the 2021 Crossfield Award. After reviewing her extraordinary biography, previous Crossfield winners are excited and truly impressed. The addition of Caroline truly elevates an already prestigious group.”

Congrats to Ms. Little! We are #visproud!