Teacher of the Year
The Air Force Association supports Teacher of the Year programs at the Chapter, State and National levels. The program recognizes classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in exciting K-12 students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow's technologies. The Langley Chapter Science Teacher of the Year Award honors two public or private classroom teachers (Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12) from the Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, York County, James City County, Williamsburg and Poquoson). Recognition is also given to the runners-up in each category.
The Langley Chapter continues to partner with the VASC on this Science Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to supplementing the awards package, the VASC helps the Chapter by advertising the program at their teachers' workshops and in their annual Educational Guide. The VASC also participates on the selection committee.
Mrs. Jaclyn Haas
Mr. Daniel Diggs
2019 Langley Chapter Teachers of the Year
Each year the Aerospace Education program within the Air Force Association selects an outstanding Middle School and an outstanding High School science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) teacher to be recognized as the STEM teacher of the year. This year the Langley AFA chapter has selected two outstanding teachers from the area that were recognized on May 14th at our monthly luncheon.
Mrs. Jaclyn Haas has been a 5th grade teacher at Poquoson Elementary School for nine years. She has always demonstrated a love for science and hands-on learning for her students. She's been active in creating many opportunities, and any time she can turn a lesson into an exciting experience for students, she makes it happen. For the past two years, Jackie has chaired the STEM Day at PES. She worked with multiple grade levels and assisted in getting them the supplies they needed when they arrived. She helped schedule the events in each grade level and facilitated a very successful STEM Day. Jackie Haas is a leader at PES and embraces the belief of what STEM truly is.
Mr. Daniel Diggs is a STEM teacher for grades 10-12 at Poquoson High School. He's a dedicated faculty member of the Poquoson High Science and Career and Technical Education (CTE) departments. Whether it's designing video games, traveling to iFly for a physics demonstration, or hosting a lunar-eclipse-watching event at school Daniel is incredibly adept at providing experiences for students to not just learn the content, but to truly experience the content. Mr. Diggs is a tornado of learning, and inspires that same passion in his students.
Both teachers are truly outstanding and deserving of the title STEM Teacher of the Year