June Scobee Rodgers
Founding Director, Widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee
The widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee, June has dedicated her time and energy to continuing the crew’s educational mission. She founded Challenger Center to foster a new generation of “star challengers” – young people who will reach for the stars no matter their circumstances.
While best known for her tireless efforts on behalf of Challenger Center, June has also gained attention for her work as an author. Together with co-authors and international bestselling authors, Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson, June created the “Star Challengers” science adventure books for young readers. The three book series takes readers on a journey to the future and a real moon base in trouble, where they learn skills to save the human race. The books are designed to spark student interest in space and careers in science and technology.
Silver Linings ~ My Life before and after the Challenger 7, is the expanded story of her book, Silver Linings ~ Triumph of the Challenger 7, first published in 1996. More than the story of a ragged teenager who struggles to overcome adversity, it is a coming of age story that deals with a wide range of issues about personal triumph and dreams to soar above it.
June has been nationally recognized and honored with countless awards during her professional career, including the National Eagle Award, the Women’s International Center’s Living Legacy Award, the Spirit of Volunteerism, the National Space Club Educator Award, and in 2000, the National Award for Excellence in Leadership. In 2015, June received the distinguished Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
An active and prominent leader in education throughout her professional life, June has been a classroom teacher and university professor, served as a consultant to local, state and federal education agencies, and become a nationally recognized advocate for the advancement of science and math education. She is married to retired Lt. Gen Don Rodgers, and together they have three adult children.
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