NASA Explorer Schools Live e-PD Presenters
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
Angelo Casaburri is an NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist at NASA
Johnson Space Center and provides professional development and STEM education resource
support. He is also a liaison with state and local education agencies in TX, OK,
NM, CO, KS, NE, SD and ND. He has been with the NASA education since 1981.
Angelo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Secondary Science Teacher’s
Certificate at Fresno State University, Fresno, CA. and a Master’s of Science Degree
in Entomology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.
Prior to joining NASA, Angelo served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Teacher in Swaziland,
Africa. He also taught in California and Texas. His areas of specialization include
biology, chemistry, physical science, mathematics and Earth/space science.
Dr. Richard Chapleau
Dryden Flight Research Center, California
Richard is a NASA Education Professional Development Specialist at Dryden Flight
Research Center in California and provides education resource support throughout
Southern California and Arizona. Dr. Chapleau earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular
biology from California State University, Northridge, his master’s in Curriculum
and Instruction from Chapman University and doctorate in education from UCLA. He
is a native of Illinois.
Prior to joining NASA, Richard taught high school chemistry, physics, and biology
for 25 years in California. He also lectured in education for many years at California
State University, Bakersfield and Chapman University. Richard also taught in the
Institute for Chemical Education at The University of Arizona and at Mount San Antonio
Richard is a former California Teacher of the Year, a Milken Foundation National
Educator, and an American Chemical Society Outstanding High School Teacher. He lives
in the very western tip of the Mojave Desert, where he and his wife enjoy the clear
desert skies. His loves include amateur astronomy, guitar, gardening, raising chickens,
John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
Steve Culivan is a member of the NASA Educator Professional Development Project
at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Mr. Culivan has been a STEM
Education Specialist with NASA since 1988. He has also been assigned to the Kennedy
Space Center in Florida and the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.
In his tenure with NASA Education, Mr. Culivan has educated thousands of educators
and students about NASA exploration, missions, careers, and other STEM resources
across the United States and with the Department of Defense schools in Germany.
He accomplished this with school visits, educator professional development workshops,
professional STEM education conference presentations, State Department of Education
partnerships, curriculum development, online sessions and other education delivery
Mr. Culivan has developed education investigations that he performed on the NASA
Reduced Gravity Research Aircraft. He has developed and been "Principal Investigator"
for three education investigations performed by the astronauts onboard the International
Space Station (ISS). He was the principal developer and writer of the NASA curriculum,
Mass vs. Weight. He was also a member of the development and writing team
for other NASA curriculum including the Aeronautics educator guide, Mission Geography,
Spaced Out Sports, and Food for Thought.
Prior to his work with NASA, Mr. Culivan taught eighth grade Earth and Space Science
for six years in his hometown of Baton Rouge, LA. During this time, he also taught
life science, English, art, drug awareness programs and coached football, basketball,
baseball, softball and track.
Mr. Culivan attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, where he received
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science and English Education. He later received a
Masters of Science degree in Aviation and Space Education from Oklahoma State University
in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Chris Hartenstine works for Paragon TEC, Inc. as part of the Educational Programs
Office at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. Before taking his current
position as the Education Technical Lead for Education Support Services, he served
as an Informal Education Project Coordinator for two years and a NASA Explorer Schools
Coordinator for three. Chris started his career as a middle school mathematics,
science, and technology teacher for urban public and private schools. In his current
role, he develops curricula and activities, related to NASA missions and research,
for use in both classrooms and informal education settings. He has presented at
museums, science centers, and special events in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Chicago,
Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New York, and Orlando, and in schools
across New England and the Midwest.
John earned a BS in Science and Mathematics Teaching with an emphasis in Mathematics
and Physics from the Florida State University and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction
from the University of Scranton. Before joining NASA/AESP, he spent 10 years as
a secondary science teacher in Volusia County, Florida. His areas of specialization
include Math, Physics, Earth/Space Science, and Astronomy education.
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Susan Kohler has more than 20 years of progressively responsible K-12 educational
leadership experience. She served as Asst. Principal, Principal, Curriculum Director,
Math/Science Consultant and Asst, Superintendent with primary responsibility as
Director of Educational Outcomes. Her 13 years teaching science at the high school
level has given her a clear understanding of both science and teacher leadership.
She has been providing professional development workshops both in person and on
webinars for the past 7 years.
Susan holds a Masters in Education Administration from Bowling Green State College
as well as graduate degrees in in Neurophysiology and Psychology from Ramapo College
in New Jersey.
She currently works for NASA as the Aerospace Education Service Project education
specialist for Glenn Research Center in Cleveland Ohio. She is a faculty member
at The Pennsylvania State University. Working for NASA and Penn State as an education
specialist she integrates Project based/Problem based learning activities with Engineering
challenges and innovative teaching strategies in the STEM areas
NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA
Tony Leavitt is a STEM Educator Professional Development Specialist at NASA Ames
Research Center. He has worked in NASA Education since 2002. He earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in geology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Bachelor
of Science degree in Education at the University of Maine, Farmington and a Masters
degree in Natural and Applied Science at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
Prior to joining NASA, Tony taught high school Earth science, physics and mathematics
in Maine. He also served as a basketball, soccer and track coach, high school outing
club advisor, and community service leader. He is a native of Turner, Maine, and
now resides in the San Francisco bay area. His loves include planetary geology,
astronomy, sports, hiking, biking, kayaking and travel.
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida
Lester Morales is an EPD Specialist at NASA Kennedy Space Center. Prior to being
assigned to Kennedy Space Center, Lester worked with the NASA INSPIRE program. Before
working with NASA's Education Professional Development, Lester taught middle school
science, Anatomy, Physiology, Algebra, and Geometry for the Miami-Dade County Public
School System. Lester attended Florida International University, where he received
a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science. Lester also completed his Medical
Degree from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Lester works
with the states of Georgia, Florida and the US territory of Puerto Rico and Virgin
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.
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 Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
John Weis is an Education Specialist with the NASA EPD contract. Previously, he
served for eight years as an Education Specialist working with the Aerospace Education
Services Project (AESP). John is currently stationed at the Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He is responsible for education outreach, including
professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers, community outreach
programs, and liaising with state and local education agencies in the Marshall region
of Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee.
John earned a BS in Science and Mathematics Teaching with an emphasis in Mathematics and Physics from the Florida State University and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. Before joining NASA/AESP, he spent 10 years as a secondary science teacher in Volusia County, Florida. His areas of specialization include Math, Physics, Earth/Space Science, and Astronomy education.
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