Cindy Hasselbring currently leads STEM Education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy serving as Senior Policy Advisor and Assistant Director. Previously, she was the Senior Director for AOPA’s High School Aviation Initiative and led efforts to build a four-year aviation STEM curriculum to inspire more students to enter careers in aviation and aerospace. Cindy worked with over 160 high schools implementing this curriculum in its second year. In addition, she developed and planned AOPA’s annual High School Aviation STEM Symposium, which most recently hosted more than 350 educators, administrators, industry representatives and government officials at the United Airlines Flight Training Center in Denver, Colorado.
Cindy led STEM initiatives as Special Assistant to the State Superintendent at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Prior to working at MSDE, she completed two years as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Her application to be an astronaut led to her participation in NASA's Educator Astronaut Teacher (NEAT) group for many years in which she participated in teacher workshops, reduced gravity flights, and space shuttle launches. She was 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 and earned National Board Certification during her teaching tenure. She enjoys flying as a private pilot and also has her seaplane rating.