Teacher Innovator Awards

Recognizing America’s Most Innovative Teachers

We’re looking for teachers who demonstrate ingenuity and resourcefulness, who approach teaching and learning creatively, and who are using the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking.


Grand Prize: 10 Awarded

Innovation Immersion Experience at The Henry Ford, including round-trip airfare, accommodations, behind-the-scenes tours with curators, recognition ceremony, and more.

First Place: 10 Awarded

Innovation Nation Season 1 or 2 DVD, select Innovation Nation and The Henry Ford merchandise and mementos.

Official Rules

Application Period

December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017

Winners will be announced June 5, 2017

2017 Teacher Innovator Award Winners

Grand Prize Winners 

Joseph Boggs
Monroe, Michigan

Kathy Boisvert
Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Dawn Burton
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Spencer Kiper
Shreveport, Louisiana

Steven Lamb
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sean McCarroll
Grosse Point Michigan

Jon Paddock
Dearborn, Michigan

Denise Scribner
Wichita, Kansas

Wanda Small
Muscotah, Kansas

Lisa Weise
Dimondale, Michigan

First Place Winners

Kevin Crosby
Bakersfield, California

Rossana Chiarella
Hialeah, Florida

Sharon Davison
South Hero, Vermont

Michael Dunlea
Manahawkin, New Jersey

Alison Francis
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Kate Newman
Durham, North Carolina

Jessica Suri
Bloomington, Indiana

Rachel Terlop
Alexandria, Virginia

Jodie Woodruff
Providence, Rhode Island

Regina Zafonte
New York, New York

Innovation Nation

Litton Entertainment and The Henry Ford present The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation, a weekly celebration of the inventor's spirit. Hosted by CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca.

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