News Release

Space Center Houston Awards Dedicated NASA Teacher 

HOUSTON, Feb. 7, 2015 – A NASA education specialist received the prestigious Cherri Brinley Space Science Educator Award from the nonprofit Space Center Houston last night for his outstanding achievements in space science education.

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Angelo Casaburri

The award was given to Angelo Casaburri during the 21st annual Space Exploration Educators Conference which provides up to 24 continuing professional education credits with hands-on activities in workshops given by scientists, engineers and astronauts. Casaburri has attended the conference for the past 21 years.

“On merit alone, Angelo has done more for NASA than anyone I have met,” said colleague Scott Anderson of Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. “When measuring workload, mentoring and inspiration, there is no one finer. Include kindness, NASA education knowledge and historic contribution and I suspect we will never meet a better person.”

The educator professional development specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center has been a mentor and inspiration to thousands of teachers and students. During his 34-year career, Casaburri has shared his extensive knowledge about NASA, space science, biology and math in professional workshops, webinars and outreach activities engaging educators and inspiring the next generation of explorers in STEM programs throughout the U.S.

Prior to joining NASA, Casaburri served as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Swaziland. He earned a bachelor of science in biology and a secondary science teacher’s certificate at Fresno (California) State University and a master of science in entomology at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.

The three-day conference was attended by educators from around the world who teach kindergarten through 12th grades. During the conference, attendees received ready-to-implement classroom ideas and participated in experiments and engaging workshops about science, technology, engineering and math.

The award is named for Cherri Brinley, a Houston-area educator and space enthusiast who shared her passion for space science with students and fellow educators. She died of cancer in 2008. Award recipients are leaders in education and responsible for helping to shape the future of students with careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Dedicated to empowering educators with a multitude of cross-curriculum ideas and activities in space and science, SEEC provides educators with continuing education workshops and networking opportunities. SEEC occurs annually in February at Space Center Houston. For more information about Space Center Houston and SEEC, visit www.spacecenter.org.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with more than 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center.  The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

SOURCE: Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc.

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