Chris Hurd Recognized as PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year

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Chris Hurd Recognized as PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year Cazenovia High School teacher selected as national exemplary educator

unnamedINDIANAPOLIS (March 21, 2016) – Cazenovia High School teacher Chris Hurd received the highest honor given to PLTW Engineering teachers – PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year – at Sunday evening at Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) PLTW Summit 2016.

Hurd was recognized in front of more than 1,800 attendees, including his fellow teachers from across the United States. PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram and Senior Vice President and Chief Programs Officer Dr. Anne Jones presented the award.

“We are grateful to our teachers for their commitment to inspiring students,” said Anne Jones, Chief Program Officer and Senior Vice President for Programs for PLTW. “The PLTW Teachers of the Year are leaders in their classrooms and are inspiring the next generation of innovators.”

Hurd is a PLTW Engineering Master Teacher is known in his community for being an inspiration when it comes to teaching engineering to high schoolers. His principal describes him as a “force of nature” whose skill in building relationships – with students, colleagues, and community leaders – is unparalleled. He is a trusted advisor and a constant champion for his students; he believes in them wholeheartedly and challenges them to do things they never thought they could.

“He is a force of nature,” whose skill in building relationships – with students, his colleagues, and members of the community and local Engineering industry – is unparalleled,” said Cazenovia High School Principal Eric Knuth.

PLTW recognized four other instructors as PLTW program teachers of the year for their outstanding commitment to empowering students to thrive in our evolving world.

PLTW Engineering empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem- solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. The program engages students in collaborative, real-life activities like working with a client to design a home, using a flight simulator to learn basic pilot skills, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. As students work together to imagine and design solutions to local and global challenges, they test their limits and question what’s possible. And by pushing themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW Engineering students learn that both failed attempts and perseverance are key to learning and innovation.

PLTW Summit 2016, held March 20-23 in Indianapolis, is the premier gathering of passionate and committed individuals who work together every day to empower students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in an evolving world. More than 1,800 attendees — from students to those in the education, government and business sectors — are convening to share strategies for making classroom learning relevant, engaging and hands-on.

About PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit

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