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Tucker Named AFA’s National Teacher of the Year



Megan Tucker, a teacher at Hillsboro Charter Academy, has been named the Air Force Association’s (AFA) 2021 National Teacher of the Year.


Tucker has served the last five years as Hillsboro’s STEAM Specialist, Instructional Facilitator of Technology, Gifted Teacher and STEAM Curriculum Consultant. 


The award is presented by Rolls Royce and recognizes classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in exciting K-12 students about science, technology, engineering and math and preparing students to use and contribute to tomorrow’s technologies.


Tucker is a 17-year teaching veteran and was nominated for the award by Mike Winters, president of AFA Gabriel Chapter #433. Tucker met Winters when she invited him to participate in a “Flight Funday” event.


In his nomination, Winters wrote, “I have participated in many programs that aim to inspire a passion for the STEM field.  None of these could hold a candle to Megan’s infectious enthusiasm that spread through the whole school! It is all the more impressive that she is able to bring this enthusiasm down to the elementary school level.  The Air Force Association is blessed to have a teacher so dedicated to teaching aviation fundamentals through a school-wide elementary STEM program. She is truly making a positive impact on the future of Air & Space Power at the earliest stage of learning.”


In presenting the award, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President and Air Force Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Darryl Roberson said, “We congratulate Megan Tucker for this well-deserved recognition as AFA’s National Teacher of the Year. Her enthusiasm and excitement inspire her students, and her focus on aerospace will foster the next generation of scientists and technology leaders required by the Air Force and industry.”





Published July 21, 2021