Press Release

August 18, 2022

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards, presented by Raytheon Technologies Recognizes America’s Most Inspiring Educators

(Dearborn, Mich. – Aug 18, 2022) – Now more than ever, teachers are finding ways to inspire outside of the classroom. Today, The Henry Ford is proud to announce the educators from across the country who have gone above and beyond for their students as part of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards, presented by Raytheon Technologies.

Winners were selected based on their original and creative approach to teaching, their demonstrated resourcefulness and the positive impact they have made. Student engagement, learning goals, and evidence achieving those goals were also taken in consideration.

Grand Prize winners received a week-long “Innovation Immersion Experience at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., that took place July 25-29. The experience included roundtrip airfare, accommodations, behind-the-scenes tours with curators and workshops with The Henry Ford’s Learning & Engagement staff. Winners also received a $1,500 gift card, classroom resources, and a 1-year premium membership to The Henry Ford’s inHub.

Hosted by Mo Rocca, CBS' "Sunday Morning" correspondent and produced by Litton Entertainment, The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation is an award-winning half-hour program that tells the fascinating stories behind the historic innovators of the past and the forward-looking visionaries of today, showcasing the extraordinary talents and dedication required to bring their inventions life.

Grand Prize Winners:

Laura Cummings, Hawaii Rosemarie LeFaivre, Mich
Azine Davoudzadeh, Calif.
Aspen Mock, Pa.
Kathryn Gross-Jacek, Mich. James Pitochelli, Calif.
Kimberly Kauffman, Ohio Sarah Tapley, Mich.
Valerie King, Ga.  

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About The Henry Ford
Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, a globally-recognized destination, fosters inspiration and learning from hands-on encounters with artifacts that represent the most comprehensive collection anywhere focusing on innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in America. Its unique venues include Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school. Together with its online presence at, its national television series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Invention Convention Worldwide, the growing affiliation of organizations fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in K-12 students, The Henry Ford inspires individuals to unlock their potential and help shape a better future.