I am a high school science teacher in Austin, Texas and have been
fascinated by space travel since I first watched Alan Shepherd launch
on his flight of Freedom 7 as a 6 year old. I vividly remember
the journeys of the Apollo Program and have been a serious student of
space exploration history and science for a long time. I strive
to pass my fascination with astronomy and space travel to my students.
The photo shows me underneath the 2.1 meter (82-inch) telescope at
McDonald Observatory near Ft. Davis, Texas. The Observatory is owned
by the University of Texas and offers numerous professional development
seminars for teachers every summer.