Cheryl Moore McNair

January 7, 2009 9:28:44 AM PST
Cheryl Moore McNair has dedicated her life to educating youth. This Brooklyn native served as an elementary school teacher for ten years after earning a master's in education. After she left the classroom, she worked as a training representative at the Johnson Space Center.

As a memorial to the Challenger mission, Cheryl and the other families of the Challenger astronauts founded the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, a non-profit dedicated to engaging students in science, math, and technology programs through space themed programs.

In 1995, Cheryl co-founded the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Educational Science Literacy Foundation, a non-profit origination named after her late husband, an astronaut-physicist who perished in the Challenger explosion. Cheryl worked to develop the foundation's programs and currently served as the chairman of its board. She also chaired their inaugural gala which commemorated the 20th year of the challenger mission.

She has also held leadership positions for the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Clear Lake chapter of Jack and Jill of America and the Airway Science advisory board at Texas Southern University.

Cheryl also enjoys spending time with her two grown children, Reginald, a financial analyst and Joy, a third-year law student. Cheryl is true example of triumph over devastating obstacles and circumstances.

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