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National Space Foundation Selects Local Teacher
Monday, 29 March 2010 09:51

The Schools Foundation & Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Join Forces to Support Local Teacher

Huntsville, Ala. - March 18, 2010

The Schools Foundation, in partnership with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, announce that local elementary school teacher Colleen Laymon has been selected as one of 31 teachers from 28 states as a member of "2010 Flight of Teacher Liaisons" by the National Space Foundation. She represents Alabama in a national space science conference to be held in Colorado in April. Ms. Laymon was selected from a competitive field of applicants and is one of only two teachers from Alabama.


Teacher Liaisons serve as advocates for space science education and are expected to use this opportunity to further integrate space curriculum into the classroom.  Ms. Laymon teaches at Roger Chaffee Elementary School in Huntsville.

"Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is pleased to recognize and support exemplary classroom teachers who are role models in space science education. We are delighted that a local classroom teacher has been chosen to represent north Alabama," said Tracy Lamm of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.  "Our partnership with The Schools Foundation helps us to promote the importance of math space, engineering and technology.and inspiring the next generation of explorers."  Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is partnering with the Schools Foundation to provide funding for this trip for Ms. Laymon.

The partnership between Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and The Schools Foundation has a history of success. Since 2006, student teams from both public and private schools have received financial and mentor support for Team America Rocket Challenge.

"Two local middle school rocket teams have qualified to participate in the national competition in recent years", said Scott McLain, President of The Schools Foundation. "Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne has provided financial support to help support these teams. With this National Space Science Teacher award, we are raising the level of support for classroom teachers and expanding our relationship with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne."

Announcement for the space science teacher competition was promoted locally by The Schools Foundation in November of last year. Winning candidates were announced by the National Space Foundation in February.

For more space foundation information and a complete list of national winners, visit:

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