Nancy C. Tashima
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 16 years she has been a science 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 Hawaii born, Challenger astronaut, Ellison Onizuka while engaging its visitors with scientific exhibits and unique interactive displays. 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! Nancy looks forward to the honor of sharing the excitement of the Messenger mission with teachers and their students in Hawaii and beyond!