The Diocese of Des Moines

St. Theresa teacher headed to Spacecamp!


Honeywell Educators at Space Academy
STCS TEACHER RONDA MCCARTHY ACCEPTED TO NASA SPACE ACADEMY FOR EDUCATORS! HONEYWELL AND U.S. SPACE & ROCKET CENTER FUEL TEACHERS’ PASSION FOR STEM EDUCATION “The program has inspired 2,576 math and science teachers from 56 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories since 2004, reaching more than 3 million students.” Teachers will participate in 45 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction focused specifically on science and space exploration. Sessions include astronaut-style training such as high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training and interactive flight dynamics programs. HESA candidates complete a rigorous application process. Qualified teachers are awarded scholarships, round-trip airfare, tuition, meals and accommodations, thanks to the generous support of Honeywell and its employees. “I am so excited to attend this professional development! I can’t wait to experience all that space camp has to offer! It is truly the opportunity of a lifetime and I can’t wait to bring all of that learning back to my students next year!” – Ronda McCarthy To learn more visit their website at:





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The Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Des Moines is pleased to announce that St. Theresa fourth grade teacher Ronda McCarthy is one of 154 teachers from across the US and the only Iowa teacher accepted into the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

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