Inspiring Teacher Awards

Each January, the Challenger Learning Center holds the Inspiring Teacher Awards event, which honors the seven astronauts tragically lost in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle accident. The event recognizes seven teachers who are inspiring the future generation of STEM professionals. This year’s program will take place on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

Nomination deadline: December 1, 2022

Event Sponsors



Last Year’s Award Recipients

Dan Easterday, Nokomis High School (retired)
Nominated by Philip Chrostoski, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Appointee, Sandia National Labs

Tiffanie Fowlkes-Comninellis, Ph.D. Biology teacher, Hazelwood Central High School
Nominated by Wesley Agee, Graduate student in Molecular Cell Biology, Washington University

Christopher Sellers, Physics and Computer Science teacher, Jennings Senior High
Nominated by Jamila Latimore, University of Missouri S&T

Cherron White, Jennings Senior High
Nominated by Kan’ya Cooper, Jennings Senior High

Tanjanika Foster, 7th-grade math teacher, Collinsville Middle School,
Nominated by Kayla Stevenson, Foresenic Science major, Kaplan University

Paul Wallis, Physics teacher, Desoto Senior High
Nominated by Kassy Rowden, Desoto Senior High student

Martha Warren, Jennings Senior High
Nominated by Javahn Watkins, Jennings Senior High

Major Contributors


Employee Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis

Monsanto Fund

Emerson Charitable Trust

Clark-Fox Family Foundation

Express Scripts Foundation

Albrecht Family Foundation

The Saigh Foundation

Missouri Space Grant Consortium