Coach Zoe Rooney wins Lindback Award

Congratulations are in order for FIRST Tech Challenge Coach Zoe Rooney, an algebra teacher and school based teacher leader at Strawberry Mansion High School!

Ms. Rooney has won the 2021 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching which honors excellent teachers across the School District of Philadelphia each year.

The Lindback Foundation presents this award to Philadelphia public school teachers “who demonstrate excellence in promoting learning at the highest levels. The teacher award recipients will be chosen based on their activities that improve the intellectual and character development of students.” Read more at

Coach Zoe Rooney prepares for a robot match with her student robot driver at the Philadelphia FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier in winter 2020. Their robot is seen at their feet.