Indian Woods teacher set to go to Space Camp with donation from district patrons, Rep. Bollier

Rep. Barbara Bollier (right) presented Vanessa Hannan with a tee shirt at the ceremony Monday at Indian Woods.
Rep. Barbara Bollier (right) presented Vanessa Hannan with a tee shirt at the ceremony Monday at Indian Woods.

When Indian Woods science teacher Vanessa Hannan returns to the classroom next year, she’ll have some high-flying tales to tell her students.

At a ceremony Monday morning, Rep. Barbara Bollier presented Hannan with a Space Academy for Educators enrollment package she won as a door prize at a recent Women in Government Conference. Hannan submitted an application to be considered for the award, and was selected based in part on her essay, which described her desire to share her love of space with her students.

“It was a challenge I felt a little nervous about — which told me this was something I should go for to learn new things,” Hannan said Monday. “Of course, as a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut, like many kids. I decided I’d be a science teacher instead.”

Hannan will have her travel to and from the famous camp in Huntsville, Ala., paid for thanks to a grant from Ray and Suzy Makalous, who have two grown children who went through the district, through the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation.

Hannan has been at Indian Woods for four years and in the Shawnee Mission District for 15.