Launching Dreams with STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering,
the Arts, and Math) education!
"Changing the world ONE kiddo at a time!!!"
I remember sitting in my 6th grade classroom, all the way back in 1986, watching with excitement as Christa McAuliffe boarded the Space Shuttle Challenger. I had always dreamed of going to Space Camp, but as one of four kids of a 1st grade teacher and a small business owner, the money simply was not there. This was the closest I was going to get and I WAS NOT MISSING A SECOND!!! I saw the rocket booster begin to fire up, watched the smoke billowing in clouds around the Space Shuttle Challenger, and listened intently as the countdown began. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 ...and then, RIGHT BEFORE MY VERY EYES, history happened! WE HAD LIFTOFF!!! I will NEVER forget those 72 seconds of breathtaking awesomeness...and then, at second 73, I watched tears fill my teacher's eyes. However, my middle school experiences simply had not prepared me to comprehend what was happening. Slowly, and tragically, the reality of that fateful day in history began to set in. Once the dust had settled, my teacher gave us the opportunity to share our feelings as we faced one of the greatest tragedies of our young lives. As I walked out of my classroom after school that day, I knew that I wanted to be just like Christa... I wanted to be a teacher.
Well, life has taken its twists and turns, but I'm proud to say that 30 years later I'm doing that very thing... TEACHING!!! PLUS, thanks to the AMAZINGLY AWESOME people at Honeywell Hometown Solutions, I am a graduate of Honeywell Educators at Space Academy!!! I FINALLY MADE IT TO SPACE CAMP!!! In fact, every day on January 28th, I tell my students this story... and the impact Christa, and NASA, continue to have on education all around the globe!
NASA has said that the astronauts who will one day walk on the surface of Mars are sitting in middle-school and high-school classrooms RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE!!! I tell my students, in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE NEW MEXICO, EVERY, SINGLE DAY, that we better get busy and learn some stuff, so if NASA selects one of US to go to Mars ... WE. WILL. BE. READY!
I'm working as hard as I can to IGNITE the scientists, engineers, and SPACE PIONEERS of tomorrow, but Discover Con and I need your help! Please join us on our quest for AWESOMENESS, so that through the resources and opportunities available RIGHT NOW through Discover Con, that fuse technology, science, mathematics, engineering, art, and BEYOND, into a fantastical display of awesomeness, creating an environment where dreams can take flight, forever altering the course of lives along the way!!!
Per aspera ad astra!!!
- Jodie Guillen,
THE Astronaut Teacher :)
2017-2018 Space Educator Expedition Crew Member
"Jodie continues to challenge and inspire students with extraordinary learning opportunities. She is a successful educator dedicated to bringing innovative science-based curriculum to students. She encourages them to consider a future career opportunity in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics."
"In 2016, Honeywell Hometown Solutions selected Ms. Guillen to attend Space Academy for Educators as a part of a global cohort of elite educators for a week of rigorous STEM professional development. During the program, it became clear that she possesses an extraordinary passion for using space science and robotics to educate her students, as well as an extraordinary ability to foster critical thinking and scientific inquiry through engaging project-based curricula in her classroom.
Ms. Guillen is a powerful voice for STEM education in her community and beyond. Clad in her blue Space Camp flight suit, she is a well-spoken and passionate advocate and her enthusiasm for promoting STEM and aerospace are critical assets in building public support for science education and workforce development.
We are proud of Ms. Guillen's accomplishments and look forward to her contributions to K-12 space-STEM education."
- Dr. Deborah E. Barnhart, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center
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