Ahwatukee Resident Using Former NASA Experience to Help Local Girls
Shawn Linam, an Ahwatukee resident and mother, is using her past experience training NASA astronauts, to help local girls.
According to the Ahwatukee Foothills News, Linam is the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) director for the Girls Rule Foundation, a local non-profit that hosts after-school and summer programs for girls in seventh through 12th grades and aims to boost confidence them.
“When I looked at their mission statement (it) really resonated with me,” Linam told the newspaper. “I struggled with my own self esteem and my own confidence. I believe we are only held back by our limiting beliefs not our abilities.”
Linam has unique a unique background of experience that makes her an ideal person to lead STEM programs for girls, according to the story. She spent 16 years as a NASA spaceflight instructor and another 10 years with two different satellite systems companies.
But her time as a Girl Scout leader when her daughters were younger, as well as a speaker at many schools, is what got Linam interested in the Girls Rule Foundation, according to the story.
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