2017 – 2019
I am celebrating 40 years with FPS! In 1978 I was introduced to the FPS by a parent. FPS quickly became my passion as I coached students. I like to research, discuss articles with others, and learn new concepts. FPS makes me a life-long learner.
Because of FPS, I have been able to achieve two lifetime goals: Seeing whales and watching a spaceship launch. A whale-watching tour was part of our trip to IC in Rhode Island! We were lucky to see right whales and a humpback. My family has always been interested in space. When I was a child, my dad and I tracked Sputnik, and my dad made his own rocket fuel for his rockets. If you’ve seen the movie, October Sky, you would know what my childhood was like. Now I launch paper rockets with my grandchildren and their classmates. I had always hoped to witness the launch of the Space Shuttle, but time was running out. Out of the blue, I received a call from a Missouri FPS coach; one of her former students was an astronaut. She and I were invited to witness the launch of Endeavour – STS 123 in March 2008!
I retired from teaching after 38 years, but I am still busy. In my spare time, I serve on the boards for two nonprofits in Northwest Missouri. I assist with the family floral business, watch grandchildren, and volunteer in schools.
I am the Missouri Affiliate Director, an evaluator for Missouri FPS, and an IC evaluator for FPSPI for over 10 years. I have been on the Policy Committee, the Awards Committee, the Scholarship Funding committee, and the Board of Trustees for the International Program. I currently serve as the President of the Board of Trustees.
I thank FPSPI for broadening my horizons and empowering students to impact the future.