Inspiring Teacher Awards

Join us on January 28th, 2021, for a virtual event as we recognize this year’s Inspiring Teacher Award recipients and remember the Challenger crew that was lost 35 years ago.

Featuring NASA Astronaut, Bob Behnken, as the keynote speaker

photo: NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken familiarize themselves with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, the spacecraft that transported them to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

2021 Inspiring Teacher Awards
Thursday, January 28, 2021
5:30-6:30 PM CT
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The Inspiring Teacher Awards pays tribute to the Challenger crew and recognize teachers who seek to continue the mission of inspiring the future generation of explorers and innovators. Each year, the Awards honor seven teachers, each nominated by a current or former student whom they inspired to pursue a career path in STEM.


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    2021 Inspiring Teacher Award recipients

    Julie Haddock

    Julie Haddock, St. Joseph’s Academy
    Nominated by Anna McAtee, B.S. Environmental Science, B.A. Biology, Regis University

    Christine Hwande

    Christina Hwande, Captain Elementary School 
    Nominated by Tiffany Wysong, Geology/ Metallurgical Engineering student, Missouri S&T 

    Jennifer Martin

    Jennifer Martin, Saint Dominic High School
    Nominated by Evelyn Monzyk, student, Parkway Central Middle School

    Benda Schnettler

    Brenda Schnettler, McCluer North High School
    Nominated by Brooke Strautmann, Senior, McCluer North High School

    Christine Hwande

    Lisa Shipley, Green Trails Elementary
    Nominated by Mireia Carbonell Martinez, 5th grade student, Green Trails Elementary

    sarah winstead

    Venus D. Spain, Cardinal Ritter Prep
    Nominated by Holly Penny, Microbiologist, Vi-Jon

    sarah winstead

    Sarah Winstead, STEAM Academy At McCluer South Berkeley
    Nominated by Key’Mon Jenkins, Senior at STEAM Academy

    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