I have been teaching for twenty-five
years, the last eighteen here at Hall Elementary. Prior to moving
to Morgan county, I lived in northern Indiana in a small community in Jasper
county. There I taught 6th grade science at Kankakee Valley Middle
I received my bachelors degree in
education from Indiana State University and my masters in education from
Purdue University. I continue my lifelong learning by taking classes
in gifted education, space education, as well as in technology education.
For many summers I taught at the
Museum in Indianapolis at their summer camp called SpaceQuest as well
as being the director of Aerospace Explorers camp held at Butler University,
sponsored through the Children's Museum and the National Space Foundation.
2001- a Space Odyssey
The 2001 year was a great one for me! I was
chosen by the Lt. Governor to be Indiana's representative at the Space
Educator's conference held in Colorado in February. I spent four days at
space workshops, listening to NASA and Air Force personnel and getting
an inside tour of NORAD. Below is a picture taken at the conference
of America's first African-American astronaut, Guy Bluford and myself.
Then in July I was chosen by West Central Joint Services to attend
Educators's Space Camp in Florida. I spent a week at Cape Kennedy
with other teachers from around the world , got to train like the astronauts
do, perform space missions and tour the Kennedy Space Center. Probably
the most exciting thing was meeting four more astronauts! We got
to meet Story Musgrave, an 8 time shuttle astronaut who made us feel that
we were the celebrities, not him.
Then, another evening, we were privileged to be able to meet the
next crew for the International Space Station. They just blasted
off for the space station on August 10 and will spend three months in space.
Two of the gentlemen are Russians, along with Commander Frank Culbertson,
a former shuttle astronaut.