Cindy Hasselbring serves as Senior Director for AOPA’s High School Aviation Initiative to inspire more students to enter careers in aviation and aerospace. Previously, she served as Special Assistant to the State Superintendent at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and led STEM initiatives at the Department. Prior to working at MSDE, Cindy completed two years as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. She is a 16-year veteran mathematics teacher at Milan High School in Michigan and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. In her free time, she enjoys flying as a private pilot and recently earned her seaplane rating.