New Delhi: It is a dream comes true for Vandana Suryawanshi, a middle school teacher in Pune, who has been selected as the first international teacher for a prestigious US space education programme.

And she harbours another deep desire - That is going to space.

With an experience of over 20 years in teaching biology, earth science and general science, Suryawanshi has always been fascinated by the vastness of the universe and space.

Having received the Honeywell Educators at Space Scholarship, 46-year-old Suryawanshi will be exposed to more avenues in space science and start applying the knowledge and information gained there in her day-to-day classroom work.

Suryawanshi will soon join 19 other outstanding American educators who have also been selected for their active promotion of space and science education by the Space Foundation.

'The effects of atmospheric pressure and gravity on human beings and plants on earth and in micro-gravity' will be the topic for her during the programme.

Suryawanshi draws her inspiration from Indra Nooyi, who started from a humble beginning and overcame all the obstacles to become the CEO of Pepsico. She has high regards for Kalpana Chawla for her fearlessness and determination.

She also gives credit to Nalini Sengupta, Principal at the Vidya Valley School in Pune, where she has been teaching for last five years, describing her as a pillar of strength.