Shayna “Tessa” Erickson graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in biological sciences. She is now a post-baccalaureate student at Framingham State University, pursuing a teaching license in middle school science. As a teacher, Tessa hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists. Tessa joined the Christa MacAuliffe Center in summer 2015, and is excited to fly to space this fall. When not traveling through space, Tessa is working on her open water SCUBA certification and exploring the Eastern Seaboard.