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Dr. Cindy Moss (NC '01)


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At the time of the Award, Dr. Cindy Moss was:

Independence High School
Charlotte, NC

Subject(s) taught: Biology/Life Science, Chemistry
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

As VP of Global STEM Education for Discovery Communication, Dr. Moss travels the world meeting with school districts, STEM businesses and government agencies about what students and teachers need to have engaging STEM education. Previously she served as the Director of STEM for the 140,000 students and 10,000 teachers in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. Under her guidance the science achievement scores went from 40% of students on grade level to 85%, earning the district the Broad Award (considered the superbowl of urban education). Dr. Moss has given presentations in 47 states and 12 countries on best practices in science teaching, and has authored numerous articles. In 2006, she was appointed to the National Science Board's Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), charged with creating a national action plan to stop the flow of jobs to India and China. This panel includes 13 stakeholders out of 500 who testifed before the National Science Foundation about the issues impacting STEM education today. The report is expected to be presented to Congress in September 2007. 

Personal Message

Being named a Milken National Educator unleashed unimagined opportunities for me. I used the award to fund my doctoral work in Australia and with my PhD took over PreK-12 Science for our district. Then the credibility of being a Milken National Educator opened doors for m to do consulting work and become engaged in education policy. It also provided me with a platform to speak to the public about all the great work being done in classrooms across the world by hard working, caring educators. In my current position I have the opportunity to speak with national leaders in educator, business and school districts and be the voice for other educators. I work for a company with a mission to engage students of all ages with multimedia resources into curiosity about their world. Being a Milken Educator is the beginning of a different kind of educational journey fo r you, and where it takes you is your choice. Be open to opportunities and strategic about where you direct your talent. Enjoy the trip as you share the message that "the future belongs to the educated!"

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Feb 17, 2015

Additional Information


2011 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Women Engineers

2010 Carolina Girl Scouts Women of Distinction in STEM Award


2011 Provided professional development to high school science and math teachers in Thailand in conjunction with the Thailand Ministry of Education

2011 Council of Great City Schools-STEM in Charlotte


2003 Curtin Insittute of Technology in Perth, Western Australia Ph.D in Science Curriculum and Instruction

1989 Syracuse Univeristy-MA in Science Teaching

1981 University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, B.S.