The 2012 Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award was presented to Cindy Moss at the annual Spring meeting held in Cary on April 24th 2012. This award is named for Michael C. Jackson for his many contributions over the years to science education in North Carolina. The award is generously sponsored by Fisher Science Education and was presented with the support of Sean Nichols from Fisher Science Education and Michael C. Jackson.
Cindy Moss was selected for the award for the work she has accomplished to support science education at local, state, and national levels. As a biology teacher in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Cindy’s efforts to excite students about science led to her being recognized as a Milken National Educator. As the K-12 Science Specialist for CMS and then as the Director of STEM for CMS, Cindy’s accomplishments resulted in her receiving the NC Science and Math Technology Center’s 2009 Outstanding Science Administrator award.
Cindy was one of 13 members nationally on the “21st Century STEM Education Committee” whose report to Congress helped launch the discussion about the critical need for a viable STEM strategy to implement in US schools grades K-16. As the current Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, Cindy continues to work on STEM issues from the corporate and political side of the equation, enlightening STEM businesses and policy makers about productive ways to engage with school districts for the good of our communities.
Cindy’s service to science education can be summed up using words from her letters of support for the award. As one person wrote “ Wanted: a dynamic leader to excite learners of all ages about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Must have the ability to inspire people at local, state, and national levels about the importance of STEM education in the US. Must display outstanding command of the issues related to STEM education and the ability to articulate those issues to a diverse group of people”. For 2012, that person is Cindy Moss and the NCSLA congratulates her as the Michael C. Jackson Distinguished Service Award recipient.
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