Teachers, be a part-time astronaut!
In 2003, NASA announced the Educator Astronaut Project, which was similar to the previous Teachers in Space Project except that astronauts would undergo full training as mission specialists in addition to their teaching responsibilities. Joseph Acaba, Richard Arnold and Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger were selected as the first Mission Specialist Educators in the 2004.
Now, a new teacher astronaut program has been announced. The Teachers in Space Program will allow teachers to train on weekends and summers so they can keep their day jobs as teachers. The idea is to have a pool of teacher astronauts trained by the time the first commercial space vehicles start operating in a few years. The program is jointly sponsored by the Space Frontier Foundation and United States Rocket Academy. Applications for the first two "Pathfinder' astronauts are due December 4, 2008.