Winooski Teacher attends Space Program

Alyssa Gagne of Colchester, a teacher at St. Francis XavierSchool in Winooski, participates in Space Acacemy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

via the Burlington Free Press this morning, St. Francis Xavier School teacher Alyssa Gange was awarded a scholarship to attend astronaut training at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where the space program got its legs during the early days of the Cold War. From the Free Press:

The scholarship program was designed to provide teaching techniques for science and math and help teachers move beyond the standard math and science curriculum with supplemental teaching techniques.

Gagne learned about the program from a flier at a teacher’s conference last year, she said. She applied and said the many essays required were a bit challenging. “I must say it was a little rigorous, but I wanted the chance to experience some intensive hands-on learning that would give me a jump start for the new school year.”

The scholarship included tuition for the six-day program, round-trip airfare, meals, accommodation and program materials.

New units on rockets and sunspots, just to name a few, will be in the curriculum for her students this fall, Gagne said.

“I’m a new teacher and still so excited about all of it,” she said. “I thought this program would help me to understand how to bring lessons to life for my students and to get kids motivated about the history of space, but really, this program changed me as a teacher. It was a successful mission.”

Click the link for the full article. Looks like an oustanding, exciting and unforgettable experience. We’re jealous.

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