A Steering Committee Roster and a Detailed Listing of Officers. If an individual E-Mail is not listed use the Guest Book Form and we will forward the message.

Featured Teacher

Ellen Vaughan

James Island Middle School

I am Ellen Vaughan, the lead teacher of the KidSat team at James Island Middle School in Charleston, South Carolina. After participation in one of NASA’s teacher education programs called NEWEST, I became an active member of the Charleston CAN DO team. This group of science and math teachers is extremely active in extending student learning through astronomy, space travel, marine biology, photography, KidSat, and environmental studies. As a CAN DO member I have been involved with sending cameras and experiments into space, participating in a student run mission control room, traveling to the Bahamas to learn about marine biology, and participating in the state systemic reform movement. Most of my participation has revolved around the technological aspect of these activities. I played an active role in the development of the CAN DO web site under the Kodak Technology Grant.This site exemplifies the type of activities and professional growth demonstrated by the CAN DO teachers.

Personally, I have taught 25 years, ten of which were in Australia. My experiences with NEWEST changed my teaching style to the extent that I was selected as one of the Charleston top five teachers of the year for the school year 1992-1993. I continue my quest to excite students to the joy of learning. KidSat and EarthKam have become great vehicles of this quest.

Previous Featured Teachers

Steering Committee

Carol Tempel - Program Coordinator

Charleston County School District

James Nicholson - Principal Investigator

Medical University of South Carolina

Tom O’Brien - Chief Engineer

Medical University of South Carolina

Keith Ryan - Machinist

Medical University of South Carolina

Mitchell Colgan, Ph.D. - SC Space Grant

College of Charleston

Beth Anthony


Elaine Berndt - SEM PI - BEST

Fishburn ES (Berkeley)

Crystal Blackman

Caainhoy MS (Berkeley)

Margaret Boast


Jeri Calhoun - SEM PI - BARI

Belle Hall ES

Julie Cliff

Wando HS

Rie Cowan (Emeritus)

John Hopkins IAAY

Nancy Dennis

North Charleston ES

Barbara Eager -SEM PI - CRIS

Springfield ES

Jerry Edens

Charleston County School District

Betsy Eyer

St. Andrews ES

Jim Frysinger


Stephanie Gatton -SEM Co-PI - BARI

Belle Hall ES

Mildred Guthrie -SEM Co-PI - BEST

Orange Grove ES

Renee Lagania

Frierson ES

Carmelina Livingston

Jennie Moore ES

Alma Mack -SEM PI - EDGAR

James Island HS

Gearlean McLaughlin

Angel Oak ES

Kathy Missel

Alice Birney ES

Mary Joan Oaxman


Nancy Parson - Grant Committee

Laing MS

Lemuel Patterson -SEM Co-PI - BEST

McCormick MS, McCormick SC

Jane Quattrochi


Kathleen Rackley-KidSat PI

Buist Academy

Robin Rutherford -SEM PI - MAVIS

Goodwin ES

Richard Slonim - Grant Committee

Garret Technical

Margaret Spigner

Middleton HS

Carol Swan -SEM CoPI - CRIS

Hanahan MS (Berkeley)

Blondell Tolliver

Harbor View ES

Ruth Truluck-Belize PI

Wando HS

Ellen Vaughan

James Island MS

Alvin White

Baptist Hill HS

Kathleen Wykes

Berkeley MS (Berkeley)

 Cheryl Savage

 Ashley River MS

Bernie Stahura

Frierson ES

Lisa Hodierne

Blaney ES

Linda Carter

Blaney ES

Linda Edwards

Hanahan MS

Ellen Mintz

Orange Grove ES

Eve Katuna

Drayton Hall MS


Officer listing, by last name:

Nicholson, James H.

jim.JPG (8577 bytes)Jim at National Geographic

Can Do Project Principal Investigator & Webmeister
Medical University of South Carolina
(803) 792-4158

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O'Brien, Thomas J.

tom.gif (9586 bytes)Mr. Payload

Can Do Project Chief Engineer
Medical University of South Carolina


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Tempel, Carol

carol.jpg (7106 bytes)Carol "down-under"

CAN DO Project Coordinator
Charleston County School District
Office of Math and Science
(803) 937-8449

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Last updated: May 11, 1998.


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