Shuttle Launch: Notes from Cape Canaveral
by dr. cyndi osterhus
Meet dr. osterhus
Dr. Cyndi Osterhus, assistant professor of teacher education and director of Catawba's Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching (part of Catawba's Teacher Education Department) and one of the two N.C. representatives for NASA's Teacher in Space program, is in Cape Canaveral this week for the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. She will share her impressions of pre-launch activities and the shuttle launch in several blog postings here on Catawba's website.
She is a former N.C. Teacher of the Year (1987), a former finalist for the Teacher in Space program (1985), and a former N.C. Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year (1984). She joined the faculty of Catawba in 2003. Prior to that, she worked as a teacher-educator in the sciences and mathematics for 30 years in the Rowan-Salisbury School System. She served 13 years as coordinator for that system¹s K-8 science program, and 17 years as a middle and high school mathematics teacher. Additionally, she served as director of professional development for 10 years in that same school system. She was a colleague of Christa McAuliffe, the Teacher in Space who died with her six fellow astronauts in the Challenger disaster, and a friend of Barbara Morgan, the Educator in Space who is among the crew of the Endeavor.