Space Foundation Teacher Liaison Program Expands International Outreach; Adds 13 Educators in India
Since its inception in 2002, the Space Foundation’s elite Teacher Liaison program has expanded worldwide, and with the addition of 34 educators for 2015, including 13 from India, has grown to 20 international representatives and 150 active participants.
The 34 new Teacher Liaisons will serve as advocates for space-themed education, and will use Space Foundation-provided training and resources to further integrate space principles into the classroom.
Each January, Teacher Liaison applications are reviewed by a panel of experienced Teacher Liaisons and representatives from the space industry and the military. A criterion for selection is active promotion of space and science education.
The program helps teachers with a passion for space education to connect with other like-minded educators around the globe to share ideas for bringing space themes into the classroom. Teacher Liaisons may be public, private and homeschool teachers, or school administrators, principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers, or others who deliver education to students.
The new 2015 Teacher Liaisons are:
Joyeeta Adhikari, Vidya Valley School, Pune
Rajeshwari Bindra Vidya Valley School, Pune
Jyoti Bodhe, DES Secondary School, Pune
Sneha Devarhubli, Vidya Valley School, Pune
Anindita Ghosh, Vidya Valley School, Pune
Swaroop Gokhale, Vidya Valley School, Pune
Nidhi Jain, Dolphins International School, Pune
Liesle Megan, Vidya Valley School, Pune
Reshma Shaikh, Vidya Valley School, Pune
Pallavi Sharma, Vidya Valley School, Pune
Nilima Shett, Vidya Valley School, Pune
Reshmi Sinha, Global Indian International School, Chinchwad, Pune
Pallavi Surana, Vidya Valley School, Pune
T. Jerome Baxter, Pearl Creek Elementary, Fairbanks
Rebekah Kienenberger, Arete Preparatory Academy, Gold Canyon
Jennie Anderson, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy, Colorado Springs
Mary Gordan, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, Evergreen
Nicole McWright, STEM Launch, Thorton
Debbie Penny, Skyview Middle School, Colorado Springs
Heidi Ragsdale, West Middle School, Grand Junction
Sandi Smith, STAR Academy, Colorado Springs
Christina Messner, Hamden Public Schools, North Haven
Shawn Boggs, Bardstown High School, Cox’s Creek
Heather Riblett, Kentucky Country Day, Louisville
Nancy Gifford, Monomoy Regional Middle School, Harwich
Nancy Belle, Charles County Public Schools, LaPlata
Dorain Janney, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt
Asante Johnson, Wheatley Education Campus, Accokeek
Holly Walsh, Mt Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School, Waldorf
Jay Hentzen, Mercy High School, Omaha
Suzanne Burnetta, Hamilton School, Ocean View
Denise Kuehner, Oradell Public School, Old Tappan
Margaret Bohlin, Valley View Elementary School, Roswell
Colleen Zeglin, Casper Planetarium, Casper
The 2015 Teacher Liaisons will be publicly recognized at the Space Foundation’s 31st Space Symposium, which is being held April 13-16 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA.
Learn more about Teacher Liaisons and Space Foundation education programs by visiting www.spacefoundation.org/education.