Reduced Gravity
Flight Team

-Meet The Team-

Margaret Baguio

Margaret Baguio – Margaret Baguio is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium and the EPO Coordinator for the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission at The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research. She has worked for over twenty-five years in youth development and education. During that time, Margaret has worked in the public schools, for the Texas Cooperative Extension Service 4-H & Youth Development Program, managed a USDA Science and Literacy project for at-risk youth, and promoted space education to students, teachers and the general public through the Texas Space Grant Consortium.

Margaret grew up in Ingleside, Texas and received her Bachelor of Science degree and Secondary Teacher Certification from Southwest Texas State University and post-graduate work in Education at Texas A & M University and University of Houston. She resides in Austin, Texas with her husband, Calvin.

Margaret is passionate about youth development and education and believes that dedicated and committed teachers are the key to developing students who will become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. During her career, she has been awarded more than 7 million dollars in various grants to implement innovative educational programs such as summer institutes for educators, astronomy and the solar system workshops for teachers in underutilized areas of the state, space camps for students at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and summer space camps for youth in disadvantaged areas of the state. The capstone Education and Outreach program managed by Margaret Baguio is the LiftOff Summer Institute, a nationally competitive weeklong professional development institute held at NASA Johnson Space Center each summer. She is responsible for all aspects of the program which is rated as “Outstanding!” by participants.

During her spare time Margaret enjoys reading, crafts, traveling, and spending time with her family. Her husband Cal, and children Teresa and Jeff are motivators for her success and motivation. A special thanks to her friends and family for their continued guidance and support.

Angaleta Crenshaw

Angaleta Crenshaw is a high school science teacher for Sunray High School in Sunray, Texas; where she grew up, attended school and graduated. She has taught in the Sunray school system for the last sixteen years where Angaleta began her career in the fifth and sixth grade science department, then junior high science, and finally at the high school. Her current teaching responsibility is chemistry, physics, and integrated physics and chemistry. Angaleta is also the sponsor for the Rockets and Robotics Club which began with financial aid from Valero Refinery in Sunray. Angaleta has been a GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) teacher since 2000. She is part of the original team that was selected at that time and now with the current team who is continuing the educational outreach for the program.

Angaleta has been teaching for 29 years. She has taught at Roosevelt Elementary in Lubbock, TX (6 years), Sanford-Fritch Elementary in Fritch, TX (1 year), Wilson ISD at Wilson, TX (6 years), and now at Sunray, TX. She graduated from high school at Sunray High School, and then attended Lubbock Christian College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Angaleta currently has a certification in Composite Science and English as a Second Language. Through the years she has kept up her education by attending workshops and conferences at University of Houston, University of Houston at Clear Lake, University of Dallas, Texas Tech University, West Texas A&M University, and Amarillo College. Angaleta has been involved in Texas Regional Collaborations both for Region 16 ( Amarillo) and PTRA (Physics Teaching Resources Agents with University of Dallas) for the last thirteen years. Besides attending workshops and conferences, she has given several presentations at the Panhandle Science and Math conference (WTAMU), CAST, SEEC (Space Center Houston), and NSTA.

Angaleta has attended LiftOff Summer Institute for the last eleven years where she has developed a deeper love for space which she instills in her students. Her family, friends, and students are her inspiration for all her accomplishments thus far. Angaleta would like to thank her family and her Physics senior class for being her cheerleaders for the Reduced Gravity Project. She is especially proud of her son, Kyle Rogers, who is currently serving in the US Army.

Michael Parkhill

Michael Parkhill is an Assistant Principal and Science Teacher for Era Independent School District in Era, Texas. He is a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol – The United States Air Force Auxiliary, serving as the Aerospace Education Officer for the Nighthawk Composite Squadron in Denton, Texas. Michael resides in Lindsay, Texas with his wife Monica and their two sons, Madison and Merrick.

Michael graduated from Gainesville High School and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from The University of North Texas. In addition, he has completed graduate work at Texas A & M University and San Francisco State University. He completed the Mars Field Education Program and Remote Sensing Institute at Arizona State University and Astrobiology Training at the SETI Institute. He completed his Aerospace Office Training at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida and has attended the LiftOff Summer Institute.

Michael currently leads a student science and engineering team at Era High School. In 2008, the team completed a protein crystal growth loading experiment that launched on the Russian Soyuz capsule and flew on the International Space Station.

Michael has been interested in space exploration since he was four and actually met William Shatner – Captain Kirk – at a car show. He loves sports and is active in his church.


Katie Maybaum

Katie Maybaum currently teaches fifth grade at Brushy Creek Elementary in Round Rock, Texas. She has taught 5 th grade for six years and spent a year as a long term substitute teacher for Cedar Valley Middle School.

Growing up in Loveland, Colorado, Katie found an appreciation for nature and moved to Tempe, Arizona during her teens where she learned to appreciate the beauty of the desert. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University Summa Cum Laude. Katie moved to Round Rock, Texas after college to follow the free rent her parents offered.

Katie was inspired in the field of science by several teachers in her life, especially her cooperating teacher, Mary Lara, in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her love of space led her to participate in many science workshops including the LiftOff Summer Institute in 2007 and 2008. She has been a science mentor teacher in the Austin Community College (ACC) Collaborative for three years and is currently the ITM, Instructional Teacher Mentor, for the collaborative. Katie has presented many science workshops for her district as well as at the Texas Statewide Conference for the Advancement of Science Teachers (CAST). She also leads an after school robotics lab and is the student council sponsor for her school. She hopes to use the knowledge she has gained to inspire current and future generations of learners.

Katie Maybaum would like to thank the fifth grade students and teachers at Brushy Creek as well as her family and friends for all the support they have given during this endeavor.


Sara Hemenway

Sara Hemenway attended Hood College and St. Edwards University. She graduated with a BA in History from Southwestern University in 1999. She is currently a Middle School teacher at Hutto Middle School in Hutto, Texas. She has taught Language Arts and History. Although not a science teacher, she participated in TSGC's 2006 Liftoff Summer Institute "Return to the Moon" and is actively involved in the HMS Science Olympiad program. This year she started a club for the students to celebrate NASA achievements over the past 50 years and help her brainstorm ideas (and solutions) for the Challanger’s Lost Lesson project.

Sara fostered her appreciation for both history and science as her parents, both Astronomers, took her and her sister with them to science conferences across the country and stargazing in West Texas at McDonald Observatory. She now often utilizes both subjects in her classroom. A firm believer in interdisciplinary studies, her students often use critical thinking skills to figure out solutions to questions such as: how exactly the Japanese space program ties into the current/future United States economy.

When not teaching or involved in science experiments, Sara spends her free time researching and writing about the Women Airforce Service Pilots and Home Front during WWII. Sunday nights find her participating in Scottish Country Dance with the Scottish Country Dance Alliance of Austin, Texas. She also enjoys playing games with her husband and daughter, although she rarely wins (unless it's cribbage -- then she almost always wins)... usually while watching Doctor Who or Star Trek on the telly.

Her involvement with Challanger’s Lost Lessons would not have been possible without the support of her husband (Larry), daughter (Ruth), parents (Marykay in Austin, Paul and Susan in Denver, Colorado), sister (Anne), HMS admin/tech (including: Dale Mitchell, Debi Price, Becky Haluska, Sandy Rothrock), and multiple friends and family members (including but in no way limited to Aric, Elizabeth, Gen, Jackie, Kirk, Rachel, SCDA, and Stephanie), the HMS history of NASA lunch club, and her other CLL team mates.


Lanette Oliver Miller

Lanette Oliver is currently the Elementary Science Specialist at Judson ISD in San Antonio, Texas where she oversees all science program components for 600 teachers and 11,000 students. She is certified and has taught in a multitude of areas including K-12 composite Science, Language Arts, Gifted and Talented, and English as a Second Language.

Lanette holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science Education from Oklahoma University and diplomas in Medical Transcription and Professional Legal Secretary. She is currently on full scholarship for a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Field and Lab Integrated Science at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. During her career, she has been awarded more than 3 million dollars in various grants to implement innovative educational programs. Lanette has traveled extensively on scholarships including Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, Africa, Mexico, South America and the Galapagos Islands.

Lanette enjoys riding her horses, Scuba diving, and playing tennis with her son Patrick. She would like to thank her co-workers and her family for their support throughout this endeavor.


Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith is the Gifted/Talented Coordinator and teacher at Lake Pointe Elementary School in Lake Travis, Texas. She has a Master’s in Education and has taught for 8 years.

Sharon works with kindergarten through 5 th grade students in a theme-based pull-out program that provides enrichment and acceleration in the core areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Student projects that are part of this program provide opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving, and the development of leadership skills.

Sharon loves science and technology. She has developed a robotics program as part of the gifted curriculum, helped to create an annual robotics contest within the district, and has written several grants to supply the elementary schools with the necessary robotics equipment. During the summer she also facilitates robotic camps for the local community.

Sharon resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and daughter. In her free time she likes to play tennis, read, play with Legos, and travel.


Charles "Chip" McCann, NASA mentor

Chip McCann is a structural engineer at the Johnson Space Center . He grew up in Eau Claire , WI , and attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He started working at JSC as a cooperative education student and then took a full time job with NASA in 2001. Since then he has worked on a crew return vehicle for the International Space Station, impact sensors for the Space Shuttle, and the crew module for a new vehicle being developed by NASA. 

Chip is volunteering as our mentor to help make sure our experiment passes all of the NASA safety requirements for flying on the reduced gravity aircraft.



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