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LMA graduates serve the education community in a variety of ways. Notable awards include:

  • 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching (2)
  • The NSF State Systemic Initiative Promising Practice Practitioner
  • Fulbright Memorial Find (2)
  • 2006 State of Iowa, Biology Teacher of the Year
  • 2001 Iowa state-level finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • U.S. Department of Education American STAR Teacher for the State of Florida
  • Top 10 finalist for state-level Teacher of the Year
  • School-level Teacher of the Year Award (20)
  • District Middle School Science Teacher of the Year
  • District-Level Elementary Math Teacher of the Year
  • District-Level Secondary Math Teacher of the Year (2)
  • Brevard County Elementary Reading Teacher of the Year
  • Reelected City Commissioner and serving on state Urban Planning Council
  • One teacher reported a 70 percent passing rate on Advanced Placement Biology exam, compared to 51% Nationwide)
  • International Reading Association Book Club Selection (Coauthor of a book on teaching reading)
  • Published book chapter on developing online communities
  • Several Progress Energy Grants and 3 Darden Grants
  • Maitland P. Simmons, New Teacher Award at the National Science Teacher Association
  • Florida Association of Science Teachers grants (2)
  • Advisor-Biology Honor Society—Student Chapter American Institute of Biological Sciences)
  • Florida School Recognition, Project Child
  • You Make a Difference! Award 2007 from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
  • U.S. Dept. of Education, Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps. Presenter
  • PRISM Award for Promoting Research in Science and Mathematics (3)
  • PRISM Math Teacher of the Year 2010
  • Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award, UCF (2)
  • Arnold Palmer Champion for Healthy Children
  • Judith Ann Smith Award for 2007-08 ( awarded to teacher who has the highest customer service reviews from students and parents through Florida Virtual School District, Florida)
  • Golden Apple Award (name turned in to radio station which came to school)
  • UCF Outstanding Master's Thesis Award (2)
  • UCF Graduate Student Teaching Award
  • NSF Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) scholars (2)
  • Tony Jennings Special Initiative Award
  • Top Teacher Award from Central Florida's Lifestyles Magazine
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers (3)
  • SECME Master Teacher (2)
  • $15,000 grant for science lab equipment from Work Force of Central Florida (grant for building and outdoor classroom)
  • Walt Disney Teacherrific Top Program Award for Seminole County ($15,000 for teacher and $7,500 for the school)

Graduates from the LMA program have proven to be highly motivated individuals, many of whom continue to grow professionally through formal education settings.

  • 8.6% of the graduates have earned higher degrees (1 Ph.D., 21 Ed.D., 10 Ed.S.)
  • 2.7% of the graduates are currently pursuing higher degrees

The Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy has been recognized by the Postsecondary Education Policy Commission as an exemplary graduate program. This recognition was given for the collaborative effort of business, university, public school systems and other agencies to create an innovative graduate program to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in public schools.

The Lockheed Martin/UCF Academy has been nominated by the College of Education and Human Performance as a Program of National Prominence.

The following is a list of some of the demographic data of the program graduates.

  • 326 K-8 mathematics and science teachers graduated
  • 24 K-8 mathematics and science teachers presently enrolled
  • 133 teachers from Orange County Public Schools (5th largest district in the state and 14th largest in the nation)
  • 841 teachers from Seminole County Public Schools
  • 33 teachers from Osceola County Public Schools
  • 21 teachers from other counties within UCF's service area
  • 97% of graduates complete the program in 2 years (6 semesters)
  • Attrition rate < 7%
  • 83% of graduates remaining in central Florida
  • 45% teachers remain in same school
  • 28% made one school transfer
  • 87% of graduates remain in K-12 teaching