Nancy Tashima had the pleasure of teaching physical science and aerospace studies for 22 years at Konawaena High School on the Big Island of Hawaii. For the past 17 years she has been the resource teacher and
curator of the Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center where her duties include development of its education and outreach programs. The learning center uses the theme of aerospace education to further the inspirational legacy of Challenger astronaut, Ellison Onizuka while engaging its visitors with scientific exhibits and unique interactive
displays. Nancy is honored to also participate in NASA's Messenger Educator Fellowship Program. She had the thrill of viewing the launch of the MESSENGER spacecraft to planet Mercury.
Nancy is married to retired science teacher, James, and they have two daughters. Her favorite pastime is to
collect and develop space related items to teach students about the excitement of the cosmos!