Miami Valley Career Technology Center Instructor Receives 2024 Christa McAuliffe Space Educator Award


Englewood, Ohio - March 25, 2024—The National Space Club & Foundation proudly awarded Mrs. Melissa Goodall, Computer Programming and Web Applications Instructor at Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), the prestigious 2024 Christa McAuliffe Space Educator Award. This accolade recognizes Ms. Goodall's outstanding contributions to space education and her unwavering dedication to inspiring the next generation of space professionals.


In collaboration with the McAuliffe family and Challenger Center, the National Space Club presented Melissa Goodall with the Christa McAuliffe Space Educator Award at the 2024 Goddard Memorial Dinner in Washington, D.C., on Friday, March 22, 2024. 


The following statements were shared during the presentation:


"With a career spanning 24 years in education, Melissa Goodall has demonstrated unparalleled creativity and commitment to integrating space education and innovation into the classroom environment. Her specialized expertise in space data science and programming languages has empowered hundreds of students at MVCTC to explore the realms of space exploration and science."


"Ms. Goodall's impact extends far beyond the classroom walls. She has played a pivotal role in guiding students to conceptualize and prototype projects ranging from Moon habitats to designs for the International Space Station and beyond. As a result of her guidance and mentorship, many of her students have secured coveted internships at NASA centers, while others have pursued successful careers in STEM-related fields within the space industry."


"Beyond her direct involvement with students, Ms. Goodall has been instrumental in developing and delivering training programs for STEM and non-STEM instructors, aimed at integrating data analytics into various curricula. Her contributions have been invaluable in shaping educational standards and fostering computational thinking among educators in Ohio and beyond."


"The Christa McAuliffe Space Educator Award, named in honor of the pioneering teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe, embodies the spirit of exploration and the pursuit of knowledge. Melissa Goodall exemplifies these qualities through her passion for space education and her relentless efforts to instill the same enthusiasm in her students."


About Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC):

Miami Valley Career Technology Center, located in Englewood, Ohio, serves 27 area high schools across five counties in the Miami Valley region. With a mission to provide premier educational choices and advanced employment preparation, MVCTC offers 43 career-technical programs for high school juniors and seniors, preparing them for success in the 21st-century workforce.


About the National Space Club & Foundation:

The National Space Club & Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering excellence in space activity through engagement with government, industry, and academia. Since its founding in 1957, the National Space Club has been a leading voice in promoting space exploration and science education, recognizing outstanding achievements and individuals in the space community.


About the Christa McAuliffe Space Educator Award:

Named in honor of Christa McAuliffe, the first private citizen selected to fly in space, the Christa McAuliffe Space Educator Award celebrates educators who demonstrate exceptional dedication and passion for space exploration and science education among their students. This prestigious award is presented annually by the National Space Club in collaboration with the McAuliffe family and Challenger Center.