Teacher Innovator Awards

Recognizing America’s Most Innovative Teachers

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Raytheon Technologies - Teacher Innovator Awards

Do you know a teacher who has inspired others to challenge the limits of what’s possible? Who encourages others to create bold solutions?

We’re looking for teachers who demonstrate the habits of an innovator. Teachers who inspire their students to challenge the rules and take risks, who demonstrate how to be collaborative and empathetic, and teach the value of learning from staying curious and learning from failure. 


Grand Prize : 10 Awarded

A $1500 honorarium for educational supplies and 1-year premium subscription to The Henry Ford's educational products and services, select merchandise from The Henry Ford.

First Place: 10 Awarded

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

Grand Prize Winners

  • Susan Barkdoll, California
  • Shannon Garrison, California
  • Kristina Glass, Louisiana
  • Hollie Gumm, Arkansas
  • Patrycja Krakowiak, Arkansas
  • Trevor Macduff, Washington
  • Melissa Major, Maryland
  • Joy McKarns, Ohio
  • Darbie Valenti, Missouri
  • Julia Varnedoe, Georgia

First Place Winners

  • Erin Anderson, Michigan
  • Joann Blumenfeld, North Carolina
  • Fakhruddin Bootwala, Maryland
  • Celestine Chen, Illinois
  • Anthony Cooper, Florida
  • Sirrita Darby, Michigan
  • David Eisenberg, Maryland
  • Jennifer Macias Morris, Washington
  • Marcos Rodriguez, Florida
  • Mike Weaver, Pennsylvania

Additional Information

Official Rules 2020 (PDF)


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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