Being selected as the 2016 Civil Air Patrol Aerospace National Education Teacher of the Year is a huge honor and, for Elm Grove Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teacher Spencer Kiper, a dream come true.
Kiper received a congratulatory letter from Major General Joseph R. Vazquez, Commander of Civil Air Patrol, that read “Being singled out as the most outstanding aerospace education teacher in Civil Air Patrol should make you exceptionally proud. The selection process was based upon your numerous achievements in the classroom and favorable recognition by the Civil Air Patrol Commanders in the Southwest Region.”
“CAP has become such an integrated part of both my professional and personal life, and to represent them on the national level is a dream come true,” Kiper said.
Earlier in the year, Kiper was recognized as the local Air Force Association’s Teacher of the Year. He was also selected as one of 27 educators from around the world to participate in the prestigious Space Foundation Teacher Liaison program.
In addition, his robotics team at Elm Grove Middle captured the title of 2015-16 Grand Champions of the Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit for the Middle School division. And this is the second summer Kiper is at the Honeywell Space Academy for Educators, where he is working as an Educator Crew Trainer at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. There he is delivering STEM and Space professional development to nearly 400 teachers from around the world.
In August, Kiper will travel to Nashville, Tennessee, where he will be honored as the 2016 Civil Air Patrol Aerospace National Education Teacher of the Year at the CAP National Conference.