Three K–12 Educators win AIAA Educator Achievement Awards Written 25 March 2020


CONTACT: Michele McDonald

Honored for Efforts to Promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education

March 25, 2020 – Reston, Va. – Three K–12 educators from across the United States have won the 2020 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Educator Achievement Awards, honoring their efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

“Now more than ever, we understand the life-changing work teachers do every day,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “How teachers ground students while inspiring them to reach for more. AIAA honors and supports teachers because we know they make all the difference in creating a better tomorrow. Congratulations, Elizabeth Bero, Beth Leavitt, and Scott McComb! You inspire us!”
This year’s honorees each received $5,000 for themselves and $5,000 for their respective schools to continue their efforts in STEM education. The winners of the AIAA Educator Achievement Award are:


E.-Bero-1000Elizabeth L. Bero, Gifted Specialist at Horizon Elementary School in Madison, Alabama, for “instilling a sense of wonder in students through curiosity-based learning and for her four-decade-long service to the community as an educator.”

Beth-Meade-Leavitt-1000Beth Meade Leavitt, Teacher of Physics and Astronomy and Director of FIRST Robotics Team 283 at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, South Carolina, for “believing that with the right tools and mentors all students can become STEM literate with the confidence they can solve any problem encountered.”

Scott-McComb-1000Scott McComb, Science Instructor, AIAA Advisor, Green Energy Team Advisor, and Science Olympiad Coach at Raisbeck Aviation High School in Seattle, Washington, for “implementing an outstanding program of aerospace education and creating a supportive classroom community of learners.”

Established in 1997, the AIAA Educator Achievement Award recognizes K–12 educators for outstanding contributions to the continued study of STEM subjects among America’s youth. Each of these teachers has had a significant impact on creating the next generation of aerospace professionals who will shape our community’s future. Since 1997, the award has honored more than 65 educators from the United States.

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