ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association announced Greg Ennis of James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama, as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year (TOY) Presented by Rolls-Royce. AFA's mission to encourage education in Aerospace Education and STEM, the Teacher of the Year program ensures America's aerospace excellence by supporting the teachers that carry out that mission in the classroom.
"Greg's longstanding commitment to STEM education along with the dedication he possesses for the success of his students deems him truly deserving of this award. We're excited advance our partnership with Rolls-Royce through this Teacher of the Year program to continue highlighting the great work of educators, and their contributions," said Dick Bundy, AFA Vice Chairman of the Board.
"I am greatly honored to be recognized as National Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association. Organizations such as AFA who are willing to go out of their way to support teachers and students through CyberPatriot, StellarXplorers, Teacher of the Year, and other programs are improving education for both students and teachers," said Greg Ennis.
The Air Force Association has partnered with Rolls-Royce to sponsor the AFA National Teacher of the Year program. This sponsorship will provide additional resources for the National Teacher of the Year including representing AFA at the National Convention and Air, Space and Cyber Conference and various Rolls-Royce events throughout the year. This inaugural year of the presenting sponsorship with Rolls-Royce marks the beginning of a strong partnership in advancing aerospace education.
"We congratulate Mr. Greg Ennis of James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama, for being the selected as the 2016 AFA National Teacher of the Year. Rolls-Royce is an engineering company at its heart, and we are proud to support STEM activities around the United States. Helping to prepare young people for careers in STEM is vital to the future of both the US Air Force and the aerospace industry," said Phil Burkholder, Rolls-Royce North America, President Defense Aerospace.
The top three AFA National Teachers of the Year presented by Rolls-Royce are as follows:
2016 National AFA Teacher of the Year
Tennessee Valley Chapter 335, AL
First Runner Up
BG Bill Spruance Chapter 282, DE
Cecelia Ann Carroll
Second Runner Up
BG Harrison R Thyng Chapter 249, NH
SOURCE Air Force Association