Teacher Innovator Awards

Recognizing America's Most Innovative Teachers

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Teacher Innovator Awards

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards recognize teachers who inspire students to challenge the rules and take risks, who demonstrate how to be collaborative and empathetic, and who teach the value of learning by staying curious and learning from failure.

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Grand Prize

The ten Grand Prize winners will each receive a five-day Innovation Immersion Experience at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, a $1,500 gift card, a 1-year premium subscription to inHub, and more.

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First Place

The ten First Place winners will each receive a DVD of Innovation Nation Season 1 or 2, THF merchandise, and a 1-year premium subscription to inHub.

2022 Winners:

Grand Prize Winners: Laura Cummings, Azine Davoudzadeh, Kathryn Gross-Jacek, Kimberly Kauffman, Valerie King, Rosemarie LeFaivre, Aspen Mock, James Pitochelli, Sarah Tapley

First Place Winners: Erik Bean, Vida Cantieri, Elizabeth Jorgensen, Melissa Romero, Aaron Straus

2021 Winners:

Grand Prize Winners: Rachel Arbor, Joann Blumenfeld, Michael Dunlea, Kelli Johnson, Lee Loden, Jennifer Macias Morris, Matthew Mutschler, Amy Porter, Melissa Tracy, Aziz Zahraoui. First Place Winners: Brooke Brown, Madison Coleman, Cierra Coyner, Christopher Hemler, Elizabeth Jorgensen, Valerie King, Kate Kogge, Melissa Romero, Heather Russell, Christopher Stanley

2020 Winners:

Darbie Valenti, Hollie Gumm, Joy McKarns, Kristina Glass, Melissa Major, Patryja Krakowiak, Shannon Garrison, Susan Barkdoll, Julia Varnedoe, Trevor Macduff

2019 Winners:

Shaugn Thomas, Kyle McGrath, Josh Webster, Claudine James, Sergio de Alba, Robin Suda, Kevin Crosby, Tiffany Bullman, Kerryn Henderson

2018 Winners:

Kathleen Lanman, Alicia Tester, Jessica Hekman, Teresa Sappington, Charles Laurent, Bruce Dale Toney, Alison Francis, Katherine Owens, Rachel lamb, Timm Green

2017 Winners:

Sean McCarroll, Joseph Boggs, Dawn Burton, Kathy Boisvert, Spencer Kiper, Wanda Small, Jon Paddock, Denise Scribner, Steven Lamb, Lisa Weis

2016 Winners:

Scott Weiler, Fabian Reid, Catherine Turso, George Hademenos, Jill Badalamenti, Cindy Lewis, Leon Tynes, Tracie Adams, Maureen Foelkl, Jessica Klass

2015 Winners:

Joe Morris, Donna Gradel, Linda Reimond, Lyle Crossley, Melissa Collins, Jamie Ewing, Saba Ghole, Mark Suter, Wrayna Fairchild, Laura Bradley, Bobby Moore

The 2022 Teacher Innovator Award Winners. From left to right: Sarah Tapley, Azine Davoudzadeh, Kimberly Kauffman, James Pitochelli, Rosemarie LeFaivre, Laura Cummings, and Kathryn Gross-Jacek. Not pictured: Valerie King and Aspen Mock.

The 2021 Teacher Innovator Award winners. From top left to bottom right: Rachel Arbor, Joann Blumenfeld, Michael Dunlea, Kelli Johnson, Lee Loden, Jennifer Macias Morris, Matt Mutschler, Amy Porter, Melissa Tracy, and Aziz Zahraoui

The 2020 Teacher Innovator Award winners. From top left to bottom right: Darbie Valenti, Hollie Gumm, Joy McKarns, Kristina Glass, Melissa Major, Patryja Krakowiak, Shannon Garrison, Susan Barkdoll, Julia Varnedoe, Trevor Macduff

The 2019 Teacher Innovator Award winners. From left to right: Shaugn Thomas, Phil Grumm (THF), Kyle McGrath, Josh Webster, Claudine James, Sergio de Alba, Robin Suda, Kevin Crosby, Tiffany Bullman, Kerryn Henderson, Frederick Rubin (THF)

The 2018 Teacher Innovator Award winners. Top middle: Kathleen Lanman. Back row: Alicia Tester, Jessica Hekman, Teresa Sappington, Charles Laurent. Bottom row: Bruce Dale Toney, Alison Francis, Katherine Owens, Rachel lamb, Timm Green, Lucie Howell (THF)

The 2017 Teacher Innovator Award winners. From left to right: Sean McCarroll, Joseph Boggs, Dawn Burton, Kathy Boisvert, Spencer Kiper, Wanda Small, Jon Paddock, Denise Scribner, Steven Lamb, Lisa Weis.

The 2016 Teacher Innovator Award Winners: Standing, From left to right: Leon Tynes, Jill Badalamenti, Fabian Reid, George Hademenos, Scott Weiler, Catherine Turso, Tracie Adams Sitting: Maureen Foelkl, Cindy Lewis (Unable to attend: Jessica Klass)

The 2015 Teacher Innovator Award winners. From left to right: Joe Morris, Donna Gradel, Linda Reimond, Lyle Crossley, Melissa Collins, Jamie Ewing, Saba Ghole, Mark Suter, Wrayna Fairchild, Laura Bradley. (Unable to attend: Bobby Moore.)

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Raytheon Technologies is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics and quantum physics.

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