A Smile As Big As the Moon: A Special Education Teacher, His Class, and Their Inspiring Journey Through U.S. Spac... (Paperback)

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    Mike Kersjes is president of Space Is Special Inc., a not for profit organization that helps special education students enhance their science and mathematics skills using space as a motivational theme. Mike has been a special education teacher and football coach for over 20 years with the Forest Hills Public School system and is currently working with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the University of California, Irvine. The film rights for his book have been sold to Jerry Bruckheimer for Walt Disney Pictures. He lives in Grand Rapids MI.

    Joe Layden is an award-winning journalist and New York Times best selling author. He lives in upstate New York.

    Mike Kersjes always believed that his students could do anything—even attend the prestigious Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, where some of America’s best and brightest high school students compete in a variety of activities similar to those experienced by NASA astronauts training for space shuttle missions. The challenge was convincing everyone else that the kids in his special education class, with disabilities including Tourette’s syndrome, Down’s syndrome, dyslexia, eating disorders, and a variety of emotional problems, would benefit from the experience and succeed. In A Smile as Big as the Moon, Kersjes explains how, with remarkable persistence, he broke down one barrier after another, from his own principal’s office to the inner sanctum of NASA, until Space Camp finally opened its doors. After nine months of rigorous preparation, Kersjes’s class arrived at Space Camp, where they turned in a performance beyond everyone’s expectations.

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    ISBN 9781250012623
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
    Format Paperback
    Pages 274
    Publisher Date 2012-01-17 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Griffin
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.56 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Special Education Teacher, His Class, and Their Inspiring Journey Through U.S. Space Camp
    Edition Detail Reissue
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kersjes, Michael

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      I bought this for my nephew with a special needs son, he and my sister absolutely LOVED the book. I highly recommend this book.

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