Aerospace Education Foundation
Announces National Teacher of the Year
Arlington, VA, July 20 2003—Sally Gwaltney,
James B. Hunt Jr. Senior High School, Wilson, NC has been selected by the
Aerospace Education Foundation (AEF) as the 18th recipient of the prestigious
Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher of the Year Award. AEF, an affiliate of
the Air Force Association, is dedicated to ensuring America's aerospace
excellence through public awareness programs, education and financial assistance.
The Christa McAuliffe Memorial Award honors a public, private, or parochial
classroom teacher (K – 12th grade) who demonstrates excellence in furthering the
concepts of aerospace technologies in the classroom through successful, innovative
curricular classroom programs.
Gwaltney was singled out for her efforts in aerospace education at James B. Hunt
Jr. Senior High School. She will receive the award during the AFA National Convention
and Exposition in Washington, DC, on September 14, 2003.
Gwaltney developed an outstanding Computer Engineering program at Hunt School.
She teaches a comprehensive block on aerodynamics where students research the history
of flight, space exploration, and the development of a hands-on building program using
a real wind tunnel, computer modeling and design, and visits to aerospace industry
sites such as NASA Langley Research Center. Her dedication and determination in
teaching students about science and the importance of aerospace education were key to
her selection as Teacher of the Year.
The Aerospace Education Foundation offers numerous scholarships, grants, awards and
public awareness programs to promote public awareness of the importance of science and
technology to national defense. The Scott-Berkeley Air Force Association Chapter and
North Carolina Air Force Association State nominated Sally Gwaltney for the national
For more information on the Aerospace Education Foundation or the Air Force
Association visit www.aef.org and
www.afa.org, respectively. For more information on AEF programs contact:
Rebecca Kay, (703) 247-4877; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
The Air Force Association, 1501 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209.
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