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NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Rudo began her career at NASA Langley Research Center in 2004 as an Aerospace Education
Specialist and transitioned to her current position of NASA Explorer Schools Coordinator
in 2007. Rudo is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Science
and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and a Master of
Science degree in Science in Education from Georgia State University. Prior to joining
NASA, she taught Physical science, Earth science and Biology for 10 years, and worked
as a Physicist at Fernbank Science Center for 13 years. In 2007, Rudo published
an article on Professional Development Workshops in Science Education for Teacher
Capacity Building in the Electronic Journal of Literacy through Science.
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
Kristy began her career at Huntsville Middle School as science teacher in 1994 in
Huntsville, AL. She taught life, earth and physical sciences to 7th and 8th graders
during her 12 years. In 2006 she joined the NASA Academic Affairs office at Marshall
Space Flight Center as an education specialist. While at Marshall, Kristy has served
as in various roles including Educator Resource Center Director, Education Liaison
to Ares Projects Office, Informal Education Contract Lead, Girl Scouts Go NASA Coordinator,
and FIRST robotics Manager for Marshall Space Flight Center. She has achieved National
Association of Rocketry Level 2 Certification for High Power Rocketry and is also
a Lunar Certification Trainer. Kristy holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Biology
and Chemistry) from Auburn University and a Masters of Science Degree in Biology
at University of Alabama in Huntsville.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Jordan began as the NASA Explorer School Coordinator at the Goddard Space Flight Center in December of 2010. Jordan earned his undergraduate degree at Alfred University in elementary education with a concentration in mathematics. He began his education career in 2007 at Eastway Middle School in Charlotte, NC, where he taught sixth grade math and received recognition for advanced use of technology in the classroom and high student achievement on standardized testing. While working there, Jordan was chosen to lead and implement professional development sessions on the introduction of algebraic concepts to 6th graders.
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Marge began her career at NASA Glenn Research Center in 1985 as an Education Program
Manager at the Visitor Center. In 1996, she became an Aerospace Education Specialist,
providing NASA Education programs to educators and students in Indiana, Illinois,
Wisconsin and Minnesota. Marge joined the NASA Explorer Schools Project staff in
2007 as the National Workshop Coordinator. In this position she develops and delivers
Recognition and Research Opportunities to educators and students in the NES Project.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University and a Masters
Degree in Natural and Applied Sciences from Oklahoma State University. Prior to
joining NASA she taught Biology and Physical Science at North Royalton High School
in North Royalton, OH.
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center,
Rachel is a NASA Explorer Schools and Digital Learning Network Coordinator at Kennedy
Space Center. Rachel earned her B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Mathematics Education from
Florida Institute of Technology. She taught high school mathematics and physics
for nine years before working with NASA’s Launch Services Program Outreach in the
summer of 2008. Rachel became a member of NASA’s Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers
in 2004 and hopes to one day make the astronaut corps.
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
Alissa started her teaching career at Crossroads Elementary Science Inquiry Magnet & Montessori School in Saint Paul, MN. She taught all subject areas to fifth and sixth grades. While teaching, Alissa created Go G.I.R.L.S.©, a STEM club for fifth and sixth grade girls. While working at Crossroads she helped successfully co-author the 2003 NASA Explorer Schools grant. Alissa started her NASA career at Goddard Space Flight Center as the NASA Explorer School Coordinator and worked there for two years. Prior to joining NASA Explorer Schools, Alissa worked at NASA Johnsons Space Center for the past three years as the Project Coordinator for the Reduced Gravity Flight Opportunity Program for Educators, a Project Specialist for the INSPIRE Program, and the coordinator of the Pre-Service Teacher Institute. Alissa graduated with a BS from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, and a Masters of Education with a focus on Inquiry from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Marti began her career as a NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist in 2011. Before beginning her career with NASA, she taught elementary and middle school science and engineering in the classroom for 22 years, receiving various awards for her contributions. She was instrumental in bringing NASA to her school in 2006 where she served as team lead for five years. During that time she worked with students and teachers on two reduced gravity projects that flew on the Weightless Wonder in Houston, Texas. Under her guidance, engineering students designed and built an enclosed ecosystem that included both plant and biotic life and worked on a special project in conjunction with Ames Research Center using permeable membranes. Marti earned her B.A. Degree in Education from California State University, Bakersfield and her M.A. Degree in Science, Math and Technology from Fresno Pacific University.
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