Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger

Dottie Metcalf-LindenburgerNASA Astronaut (Space Shuttle Discovery 2010), Underwater Explorer, & Teacher

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Extra-Terrestrial: A Teacher-Turned Astronaut's Lesson Plan for Success ///

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A teacher who dreamed since childhood of becoming an astronaut, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenberger has been a mission specialist with NASA on the International Space Station and a Space Shuttle crew member on STS-131.

"Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger's story is inspiring to people of all ages, nationalities and professions. Our audience greatly enjoyed hearing her talk about her life, her career path and her experience with NASA. She was a pleasure to work with on the planning side, being quick to respond and accommodating. I highly recommend Dottie to anyone looking to turn a boring old meeting into something truly extraordinary and fit for the stars!" —Novo Nordisk

With math and science teachers for parents, Dottie was drawn to learning and exploration from an early age, and at a time when NASA's shuttle program was reaching its highest heights. Watching the hard-won success of legends Sally Ride and Kathryn Sullivan–and later the tragedy of teacher-turned-astronaut Christa McAuliffe–made indelible impressions on Dottie. So did an impassioned visit to Space Camp, where Dottie purchased, and later built, a model of the Space Shuttle Discovery. It was an almost prophetic choice: exactly 20 years later, she rode the actual Discovery Shuttle to the International Space Station.

During her tenure as a high school science teacher in Vancouver, Washington, Dottie found herself on the NASA website, researching a question for a student ("How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space?"). That random inquiry led her to applying to become an astronaut, and—ultimately—to space.

Following space flight, Dottie worked as a Cape Crusader for the final three shuttle missions. She also supported the Astronaut Office Station Operation Branch as a lead for the provisions, manifests, and stowage twig. Soon after this land-based work, Dottie commanded the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 16, an underwater habitat with an international crew of aquanauts and habitat technicians. Together, they simulated spacewalks that can be applied to future space research and exploration.

"We invited Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger to present at our annual client event at the Museum of Flight, an ideal venue for her stories from space. The audience was clearly engaged, and we received very positive feedback from our guests and staff." BECU Trust Services

Dottie, having now earned a Masters in Applied Geosciences, is Senior Staff Geologist at a firm in Seattle. She is also a cum laude graduate of Whitman College in Washington, with honors in geology, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, earned her teaching certification in 1999.

"Dottie was everything we were looking for. Not only was her message great, but she was so gracious…." —Mark Di Virgilio, Director, Admissions, Edmonds Community College

Dottie's keynote—
Extra-Terrestrial: A Teacher-Turned Astronaut's Lesson Plan for Success

So how does a high school earth science and astronomy teacher end up orbiting the earth 238 times?

In this multi-media program, Dottie shares a powerful tale of realizing her big dreams. And how those of us who remain earthbound can also reach our own seemingly insurmountable, sky-high goals. Combining her riveting stories with video footage and behind-the-scenes photos from space, Dottie tells audiences what it's like to train for space travel. And emphasizes the importance of education, service and mentorship at all ages. She also explains how one student's curiosity about going to the bathroom in space became Dottie's unlikely bridge to space travel.

Dottie finds her "Lesson Plan" for success is founded on three main principles that we can all apply:

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Among her awards: Ducan Bonjorni Extraordinary Achievement Award from Central Washington University (2010), Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni from Whitman College (2009), Space Camp Hall of Fame Inductee (2007), VIP for the Vancouver School District (2004), Outstanding Teacher Preparation Candidate at Central Washington University (1999), Geological Society of America (GSA) Field Camp Award (1996) and the following Whitman College Awards: Leed's Geology Award and Order of the Waiilaptu, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) Academic All-American in Cross Country and Track (1995-1996) and NAIA Conference Champion in the 10K (1996). She also mapped the last glaciations of Russell Creek in Wyoming and mapped/determined the petrology of rocks in the Wet Mountain region of Colorado; both research positions led to publications.

Add a Powerful Booster Rocket to your Experience with Dottie:

In your "Booster Rocket" add-on breakout or extended keynote, Dottie will tailor your group's educational experience in line with your learning goals. You can choose from what early and current space explorers know about preparation, testing, perseverance, failure and resiliency; what it takes to move past adversity to uncover new innovations and ways of thinking and doing; eye-opening scientific studies in space and why they matter so much to our daily lives on earth; and more.

If your event takes place at Puget Sound area's Museum of Flight or the Future of Flight museum, we can arrange for your group to have a guided, personalized tour with Dottie in the exhibits where your group will see, learn, touch and hear—first hand—what human's exploration of space can teach us about business and personal success on earth. Ask us for details.

Travels from: Seattle, WA

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