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.


First 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.

Second Prize: 10 Awarded

The Henry Ford Teaching Innovation Kit, including hard-copy curricula with DVD, innovation posters, mementos, and more.

2016 Teacher Innovator Award Winners

First Place

Catherine Turso
Rutherford, New Jersey
Baruch College Campus High School

Maureen Foelkl
Salem, Oregon
Chapman Hill Elementary

Jessica Klass
Blufton, Ohio
Pandora-Gilboa High School

Jill Badalamenti
Ladue, Missouri
Reed Elementary School

Cindy Lewis
North Branch, Michigan
Ruth Fox Elementary School

George Hademenos
Richardson, Texas
Richardson High School

Tracie Adams
Waldron, Arkansas
Waldron Public Schools

Fabian Reid
Greensboro, North Carolina
Northeast Guilford Middle School

Leon Tynes
New Haven, Connecticut
Engineering and Science University Magnet School

Scott Weiler
Tucson, Arizona
Amphi Middle School

Second Place

Mark Gullickson
Salem, Oregon
Oak Grove Elementary School

Mike Pisani
Lawrence, Kansas
Hilltop Child Development Center

Liane Rae
Portland, Oregon
Cathedral School

Mandrell Birks
Washington D.C.
Elliott Hine Middle School

Cori Brooks
San Diego, California
Thrive Public Schools

John Mahoney
Bethesda, Maryland
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School

Kevin Crosby
Bakersfield, California
AIM Center-Vista West Continuation High School

Ruth Keim
Wheeling, West Virginia
Sherrard Middle School

Susan Howey
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
Trombly Elementary School

Stephen Erick
Falls Church, Virginia
Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School

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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