Teena Della
Tenna Della

Teena Della was born in British Columbia, Canada and grew up in Surrey, BC. As a teenager in Air Cadets she became a glider and power pilot and then, to follow her dream to become an astronaut, she earned a combined Astronomy/Physics co-op degree at the University of Victoria in 1990. Through the co-op degree program she worked at a variety of locations including the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and TRIUMF, the particle accelerator in Vancouver, BC. She enjoyed tutoring and decided to take on career goal of teaching. After completing her Teacher's Certificate in 1992, she began teaching high school Astronomy and Geology. Her main focus has been grade 11 Earth Science and grade 12 Geology, which both include Astronomy units. Della is now teaching at Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. In January 2000 she created and began teaching a pure Astronomy course online. She also regularly hosts school-wide observing evenings and enjoys them as much as the many students and parents who participate! On a personal level, Della married her husband Phil in 1990, at university. Phil stays home to write fiction between looking after their two young daughters. Della also enjoys crafting, walking, reading gardening and spending time with her family.