Patricia Chrenka had not planned to be a teacher when she entered college. From an early age, she had a burning desire to be a research scientist and cure the cancer that had taken the lives of a cousin and a school friend. As Patricia began her college career, she studied to be a medical technologist and worked in the field for several years, before returning to college to double her major in management. After that she worked as supervisor of a lab department until she married and had children. As a wife and mother, Patricia became involved in her children's school through volunteer program, led a Girl Scout troop, and was elected PTO President. Her life changed again with a opportunity to teach reading and English to Somali children who had moved to Minnesota. The desire to teach became stronger and Patricia enrolled in a transition to teaching program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where she certified in elementary education. After a short stint teaching fourth grade in one school and science in another, Patricia had found her calling. In 2002, she moved to South Bend, Indiana and shortly thereafter began teaching at La Salle Academy, where she has taught fifth, seventh and eighth grade science. Patricia has also coached the school's Science Olympiad team, which made it to the state competition the past two years. Her summers are spent presenting space scienct topics to community groups and sssisting with Michiana Astronomical Society Family Star Parties, Science Alive and other space science related events, in addition to teaching middle and high school age girls a current topic from NASA at St. mary's College Summer Academy (Math and Science Week). Patricia's goal is to reach students and parents with interesting areas of NASA projects and missions and to encourage involvement in science.