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"Thank you, Mrs. Christine Gronell, for being an advocate for the arts. Years before STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) was a buzzword, you were already helping your students to see the connection between the arts and all other subjects. Not only did you support my artistic endeavors, which led to my participation in the Governor's School of the Arts, but also you encouraged my other interests, such as science, astronomy, creative writing and music. Memories of you and your class will always be some of my fondest!"
March 8, 2019 | 7:37 p.m
"Thanks to Mrs. Gregory for teaching me how to analyze and make sense of complex works, communicate my ideas effectively, and write well. (English and literature classes are so important, even for engineers!) Thanks to Mr. Pohjola and Mr. McGregor, who patiently dedicated their time and encouraged my interests in science and engineering, even when I struggled to grasp difficult concepts and wanted to quit. You all inspired and equipped me to achieve my dream of becoming an aerospace engineer!"
May 14, 2018 | 9:43 a.m
"Mrs. Cheryn Allen went above and beyond to teach our 5th-grade class about science, specifically space. We did a lot of science projects and visited various space museums. It was on one of these field trips that my interest in space first began. I remember thinking to myself, 'I want to do this one day,' and here I am now."
May 14, 2018 | 9:42 a.m
"Thank you, Mr. Junkunc. You, personally, had a singularly significant influence on my career path, and I am not surprised that your elementary school classroom environment had a broader, lasting impact with many generations of former students. I was glad to see the LA Times recognize the scope of your contributions, which included crediting you for starting the San Gabriel Unified School District's outdoor education program. Although these articles were written primarily in the context of outdoor education, your McKinley Elementary School classroom environment tangibly and emotionally connected us to various fields of scientific study, including the human impact on our natural environment (in Earth and space). Your guiding philosophy and teaching methods reflected the same values we see in our NASA/JPL communities today, and they also influenced the incremental, micro-level decisions that eventually shaped the path of my career."
May 10, 2018 | 2:20 p.m
"I want to thank two very special teachers in Panama, Ms. Ileana Cotes from Colegio Brader and Ms. Lucia de Manfredo from the Instituto Nacional de Panama. I have worked with them on many outreach activities and I greatly admire their dedication to teaching students about our environment and encouraging them to dream big. They both inspire me and strengthen my own commitment to be involved in activities that inform students about our planet. Muchas gracias."
May 10, 2018 | 2:07 p.m