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What service awards are presented each year?

Future Problem Solving celebrates outstanding achievements by adults with our service awards. By recognizing and honoring these exceptional individuals, we foster excellence, inspire others, and build more vibrant problem solving communities.

John Daughtrey Staff Award

The John Daughtrey Award recognizes outstanding Future Problem Solving staff at the regional affiliate level. It honors John Daughtrey, a dedicated advocate and former Affiliate Director of North and South Carolina Future Problem Solving. Learn more and meet the most recent winners.

Keith Frampton Coaching Award

The Keith Frampton Memorial Award recognizes coaches that go above and beyond to provide challenging opportunities to their students. It honors Keith Frampton, the founder and first National Director of Australia Future Problem Solving. Learn more and meet the most recent winners.

Jeanne Carlson Yes Volunteer Award

The Jeanne Carlson Yes Award recognizes outstanding volunteers and supporters. This award was created by Dr. E. Paul Torrance and Pansy, his wife, to honor a person who goes above and beyond supporting Future Problem Solving. Nominees should be those who provide outstanding support of Future Problem Solving at any level – including parents, administrators, and directors. Learn more and meet the most recent winners.

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April Michele

April Michele Bio

Executive Director

A seasoned educator, April Michele has served as the Executive Director since 2018 and been with Future Problem Solving more than a decade. Her background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques translates well in the development of materials, publications, training, and marketing for the organization and its global network. April’s expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking and providing quality educational services for students and adults worldwide.

Prior to joining Future Problem Solving, April taught elementary and middle grades, spending most of her classroom career in Gifted Education. She earned the National Board Certification (NBPTS) as a Middle Childhood/Generalist and later served as a National Board Assessor for the certification of others. She was trained and applied the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Humanities, which helped widen the educational scope and boundaries beyond the U.S. In addition, April facilitated the Theory and Development of Creativity course for state level certification of teachers. She has also collaborated on a variety of special projects through the Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a master’s in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing a challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with the problem solving and ethical leadership skills they need to thrive in the future. As a board member in her local Rotary Club, she facilitates problem solving in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.