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Teachers Rejoice Over Successful Shuttle Launch

Sandra Higgins has incorporated the launch of the first teacher in space into her lesson plan.

"Listen and see if you can tell me where she's from and what grade she teaches," Higgins tells her class.

It's a fun bit of homework, for what she says will be a historic moment for educators everywhere.  

"Miss Morgan is taking a first step for all teachers," Higgins says.  

Barbara Morgan is set to fulfill a two decade old dream, long delayed after the Challenger disaster. Sixth grade teacher Debbye Melaney says it's been long delayed for her fellow teachers as well.  

"I would have hoped and thought that this might have happened a long time ago," says Melaney. "And I admire her staying with the program and continuing this and for finally getting the opportunity that she is getting."

Art teacher Lisa Bouvette says Astronaut Morgan's trip to the International Space Station will inspire students.  

"And that's what we want to see," says Bouvette. "We want to see kids get excited about science and being creative and using their critical thinking skills and getting there, being the next astronaut."

And she says if it's not too late, she's inspired to join them.  

"Absolutely. I'm ready," says Bouvette.

That's not so for Ms. Melaney.

"I wouldn't," says Melaney. "I have my own issues with flying."

And Ms. Higgins?

"Are you going to go to space," one student asks Higgins. 

"You know what, wouldn't that be fun," she answers.

She loves the idea and so do her students.  

"Would you want to go with me," she asks them.

"Yeah," they exclaim.

by Don Culpepper

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