Two honored educators with 2021 Presidential cybersecurity education award December 1, 2021 Contact: Press office, (202) 401-1576, Press@ed.gov
  • Today, the US Department of Education UU and the National Security Agency announced The 2021 beneficiaries of the Presidential award for cybersecurity education. Kristina L. Rice, from Spotsylvania High School in Spotsylvania, Virginia and Sergio de Alba, Miano Elementary School in Los Banos, California, were selected for the prize to instill skills, knowledge and passion for cybersecurity in their students .

    "Talented and passionate educators such as Mrs Rice and Mr. de Alba help light a spark of curiosity in our students to explore the exciting world of cybersecurity. And high cybersecurity education Quality can inspire a passion for life between the next. The generation of professionals in this field, which will protect our cybernetic networks and help ensure the future prosperity of our nation, "said Secretary of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona. "It is my privilege to recognize Mrs Rice and Mr. de Alba for his dedication and achievements, which serve as inspiration for cybersecurity educators throughout America."

    The Presidential cybersecurity education prize, now in its second year, is presented annually to an elementary educator and a secondary educator. The awarded issues are selected for their superior achievements as educators, indicators of academic achievement and leadership that contribute to the field of cybersecurity.

    "These estimated educators embody the experience and dedication that is essential to strengthen our cybersecurity workforce," said National Cyberian Chris Inglis Director. "Our nation faces a scarcity of cybersecurity professionals and educators play a vital role in the preparation of students to obtain the skills necessary to navigate the careers of cybersecurity. High quality cybersecurity education is key to addressing this Imperative of national security ".

    ms. Rice is a local, state and national leader in the expansion of cybersecurity education and increased access to high-quality programs to underrepresented groups in the industry. He directs the Cyber ​​Knights of Spotsylvania High School, which provides students technical resources to continue their interests in cybersecurity. Ms. Rice led the All-Girls Cyber ​​Knights team that was second in the Girls 2019 and 2020 Goths Got Chibstart National Championships. She also designed a stimulation guide for educators who teach the foundations of cybersecurity that has been shared at the national level. Ms. Rice students have a graduation rate of 100%; a rates of achievement of 100% university, military and professional preparation; and 98.2% gain industry certifications.

    mr. Of Alba is committed to cultivating the interest of students in cybersecurity and future career opportunities. As a first year teacher in 2001, she founded the STEM program on R.M. Miano Elementary School. Mr. De Deba has also headed the cybersecurity challenge for sixth grade students; Science facilitated, mathematics and coding clubs; and programs designed to improve the participation of parents. Miano Elementary serves a student population that is 97% socioeconomically disadvantaged and 88% of English learners. Mr. Alba's excellence in teaching is evident in the exemplary performance of his students in the California Evaluation of Students Performance and Progress.

    ms. Rice and Mr. de Alba will be honored during Nice K12 National Initiative of the Cybersecurity Education Conference. The Undersecretary of Education of the United States, Cindy Marten, will moderate a conversation with the winners of the prizes as part of the conference.

    The Presidential cybersecurity education prize is directed by the US Department of Education. UU, in consultation with the National White House of National Security. Council and the National Science Foundation.

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