Carolyn Rethwisch was nominated by Kelly Mcmillan, the parent of a student.
Mcmillan's daughter was like any other fifth-grade student going into sixth grade, not really knowing where to fit in. When she entered Mrs. Rethwisch's room, she was so excited. The way the room was decorated for Astronaut’s Club piqued her students' interests immediately.
Mrs. Rethwisch and her students won second place in the National Student Astronaut Challenge, where they worked together to launch and land a space shuttle. The finals of the competition took place at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
"She is truly an inspiration to all children and parents who come in contact with her," Mcmillan said. "You're not only getting the best out of what a teacher can possibly teach, but you’re getting someone who truly puts more than 100% into your children! We all have a story, but hers is truly as remarkable as she is! Our kids work very hard beside her until 6:30 in the evening for the Astronaut’s Club challenge in NASA, and everyone always has such a great attitude. Two words to describe Mrs. Rethwisch: Heaven sent!"