Cindy Hasselbring

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

Cindy Hasselbring currently serves as a K-12 Education Advisor at the Office of STEM Engagement for NASA Headquarters, was a Senior Policy Advisor for STEM Education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and served as the Senior Director for the High School Aviation Initiative at Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Frederick, Maryland. Prior to these roles, 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 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. Each year, she helps 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.