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Biography

I am the Educational Technology Lead for NASA's Space Science Education Consortium and the director of NASA's STEAM Innovation Lab with more than 20 years of experience in the design and development of internationally recognized outreach programs. My current position was acquired based on my extensive experience in educational technology, social networking, cross-cultural classroom instruction, project management and public speaking. My research based approach contributes to the development of new education products designed to teach the public about NASA’s 'Earth and Space Science' programs while providing a solid foundation in science and engineering design methods. Many of these projects are enhanced through a variety of 'Making' experiences.

Before coming to NASA, I was a high school mathematics teacher and Educational Technology Coordinator at an alternative high school in Virginia, working with ‘at-risk’ students. While there I led the creation and maintenance of an Instructional Technology Plan leading to the integration of current and accessible technologies into educational curriculum. Prior to working in Virginia, my teaching career took me to some exceptional places beginning with my first teaching experience on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Kinlichee, AZ. While there I taught in a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school for three years. I later joined the United States Peace Corps and served as an Algebra and Geometry teacher in Chad, Africa, where I led the development of a French/English mathematics database consisting of proven lesson plans and educational methodologies.