Virginia Knudsen Selected as AFA's Teacher of the Year, First Runner Up

by Lt Col Virginia Montalvo, Crystal Lakes Middle School Squadron, Florida Wing
Region Hq, Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 6
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Photo:  Crystal Lake MS Cadet Squadron CAP Commander, Major V Knudsen receives an AFA National Teacher of the Year Award.

Arlington, Va. - Ms Knudsen is an educator on a mission; a mission to give her time, talents, and resources to as many young people as possible during her past 25 years in education.  Being the STEM Science Lead Teacher during the school day for 300 Title I, at-risk students at Parkway Middle School, Ms Knudsen takes a technologically intensive approach to collaborative training with peer teachers for inquiry and project based instruction on atmospheric & geological science and meteorology, rocketry, and civil engineering.  

She is also the after-school Civil Air Patrol Cadets at School squadron commander for Crystal Lake Middle School.  These contributions give Ms Knudsen plenty of opportunities to use her aviation piloting skills to inspire youth toward a higher level of goal setting in life.  She was the program developer and administrator for the 2007-2010 after-school Boys & Girls Clubs "Ionosphere Club of Flight" for over 300 inner-city youth; developed the Weather Wise Meteorological curriculum for the Broward School District STEM Grant program; has collaborated with Florida Atlantic University's Engineering Department and graduate students on Parkway Middle School engineering projects; has supervised the NASA Rocketry Student Launch Project National Competition; and has led two teams in the Air Force Association's (AFA) CyberPatriot program in 2012 and 2013. She also works with the EAA Young Eagles flights, Challenge Air and Civil Air Patrol, with the Women in Aviation, Naval Air Museum in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami Tuskegee Airmen, and AFA Chapter 351 where she has served as the AE workshop director for Broward County Teachers. 

Ms Knudsen is the epitome of an AFA ToY- touching all areas of education in AFA, CAP, schools, youth organizations, and community outreach.  She certainly demonstrates her message to the teaching profession, "A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." 





This article was printed from the Southeast Region Online News system. For more information, contact the editor 1st Lt Gail Swanson at GailSwansonFL@aol.com.