Bryan Teacher Gets Out of This World Experience

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Sam Rayburn Middle School math teacher Veronica Koite is preparing for the school year.

When her students return she'll have one out of this world story to tell them.

"It was so surreal and incredible," said Koite.

Over the summer, Koite participated in a pilot program that sent teachers on a roller coaster ride on the Zero G Trainer. The plane that prepares astronauts for weightlessness. You might know it by another name.

"Yes, it definitely has the nickname, the vomit comet," said Koite.

The Aggie took the skies last July, experiencing zero gravity while conducting experiments.

"I don't want to say I felt like I scientist, I was a scientist on this plane," said Koite.

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it's something she'll be teaching her students about.

You see the Bryan High grad has a special connection with her class because not too long ago, she roamed the halls of Sam Rayburn.

Since then, she's graduated from A&M with one incredibly impressive degree.

"Interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in math and science," said Koite.

Veronica hopes to teach her students that staying in school and learning the tough subjects can literally help you soar.

"Please don't rule out math or rule out school because you never know what is going to happen," said Koite.

Like they say, you have to reach for the stars.

This is the third summer Veronica has participated in summer program with NASA.

Next year, Veronica hopes to return to the Johnson Space Center for more programs dedicated to education.


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