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NASA Explorer Schools Live e-PD Presenters

Angelo Casaburri
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
Chris Hartenstine 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
Chris Hartenstine 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 College.


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, and camping.


Steve Culivan
John C. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
Chris Hartenstine 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 methods.


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.


Chris Hartenstine
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Chris Hartenstine 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.


Susan Kohler
NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Susan Kohler 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


Tony Leavitt
NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA
Tony Leavitt 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.


Lester Morales
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida
Lester Morales 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 Islands.


Marti Phipps
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Marti Phipps 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.


Jordan Snyder
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Jordan Snyder 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.


John Weis
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL
John Weis 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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