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Carolyn Bushman


Ambassador Since 2010

Wendover, Utah 84083
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Biographical Information:


Photo of Ambassador Carolyn Bushman As a senior in high school, Carolyn Bushman decided to become a teacher so she could help students believe in themselves. The past seventeen years, she has been teaching math at a rural title one school located an hour and a half away from any major city. Three times, students have selected her as the teacher who has most influenced their life for Who's Who Among American Teachers. In 2006, Carolyn was selected to be one of NASA's twenty Air Space Education Cohorts. She received training at the Ames Research Center and had the opportunity of entering a variety of simulators to learn how they work. In April 2007, the Daughter's of the American Revolution awarded her the Founders Medal of Education, first ever given in Utah. In May of 2007 and 2009, she was honored as a chapter winner of the Utah Air Force Association Aerospace Teacher of the Year.

In 2004, Carolyn found her passion and her life changed when Wendover High was selected as Utah's first NES School. The NES program allowed her to attend History of Winter, two NASA Student Symposiums, and visit six NASA Centers. Over the last five years, she has coordinated the following for her school: five visits from astronauts, weekly NASA club meetings, quarterly NASA Family Nights, and annual "Expanding Your Horizons" trips. Four times, her students have created experiments that have flown on rockets into space. She raised money to take her students to see their experiments flown at Wallops Flight Facility and the New Mexico Space Port.

Carolyn learned that when you reach for the stars, work hard, and believe in yourself that dreams really do come true. She was able to see the November launch of the STS-126. What a thrill it was to watch Astronaut Sandra Magnus being lifted into space along with a flag that her students created. In January, sixteen of Carolyn's students where able to talk with Astronaut Magnus while she was in the International Space Station. When Astronaut Magnus returned from the ISS, Carolyn was able to view the landing of the STS-119. In June, Astronaut Magnus visited the school for a second time, returned the flag she had carried into space and spoke at the school's graduation.


Past events hosted by this Ambassador:

NASA Family Night on STS 131 Launch
Wendover High School

NASA Family Night: Interning NASA and Earth
Wendover High

Reach for the Stars
Empty Nesters

STS 119 plus overview NASA
Thomas Edison

Space Farm 7 Opening Weekend
Thanksgiving Point


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