Mary T. Barra, General Motors’ senior vice president of global product development and an active supporter of STEM, will be the first woman to receive the 2013 Industry Leadership Award from the SAE Foundation, a global charity supporting STEM learning.
Tony Bennett, the former Indiana superintendent for public instruction, was elected to serve as Florida’s education commissioner. Bennett is expected to carry over his school reform agenda from Indiana, focusing on Common Core State Standards.
Christy Cabezas became superintendent of the Georgia/Alabama District for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, which includes three military installations. Cabezas was formerly assistant superintendent in Georgia’s Harris County School District.
Charles Weaver, Jr. received the Outstanding New Teacher award from the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland for excellence in technology education, including piloting an engineering program and having students work with a construction design company.
Jacqueline Piro was appointed principal of the Frederick Classical Charter School, the first charter school in Frederick County, Md., to teach a classical curriculum using the Socratic method. The school is scheduled to open for students this coming fall.