Cindy Hasselbring

Fellowship Placement: National Science Foundation
Cohort(s): 2011-2012 | 2012-2013

Cindy Hasselbring currently serves as the Senior Director for the High School Aviation Initiative at Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Frederick, Maryland. In this role, she leads curriculum development in aviation STEM career and technical education pathways, manages a high school flight training scholarship program, and organizes and leads an annual high school aviation STEM symposium, in which over 250 educators participated this year (https://youcanfly.aopa.org/high-school). Prior to this role, Cindy served as Special Assistant to the State Superintendent of Schools at the Maryland State Department of Education and led STEM initiatives at the Department, including developing a statewide STEM education strategic plan, expansion of computer science, and construction of a youth apprenticeship program.

Ms. Hasselbring was a 16-year veteran mathematics teacher at Milan High School in Milan, Michigan. She was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2005 and is a National Board Certified teacher. During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, she served at the National Science Foundation as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. During her tenure, she worked for the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources at NSF where she assisted in the development of the federal STEM education strategic plan. In 2012, Cindy received the National Science Foundation’s Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration for her work with the NSF-Department of Education joint initiative on math education.

Cindy served as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Classroom Resource Committee. A three-time highly qualified applicant and interviewee for NASA’s Astronaut Candidate program, Cindy was an active member of NASA’s Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers (NEAT) for many years. Her involvement in this group included two reduced gravity flights, reviewing NASA grant proposals, viewing three space shuttle launches, and participating in many NEAT workshops. Her pursuit of being an astronaut led her to taking language courses in Japanese and Russian, earning SCUBA certification, and achieving her private pilot’s certificate. She is currently pursuing her instrument flying rating and recently earned her seaplane rating. She volunteers time each year with the Experimental Aircraft Association by helping to lead a high school girls aviation camp at the world’s largest airshow, AirVenture, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Cedarville University (OH) and her Master of Arts in Secondary School Teaching from Eastern Michigan University. Cindy enjoys flying and visiting family in her free time.