“We are pleased to announce these new positions and confident that the individuals chosen will keep Teachers in Space on the path to success,” SFF Executive Director Watson said.
Nyack, NY – Teachers in Space, a project of the Space Frontier Foundation, has named Rachael Manzer to the new position of Education/Media Liaison. At the same time, the Space Frontier Foundation announced that Colleen Howard, Education Coordinator for Teachers in Space, has been promoted to the position of Director of Operations.
“These additions to the management team reflect the rapid growth of Teachers in Space,” said SFF Executive Director Will Watson. “They will allow the project to respond more rapidly to media inquiries, workshop planning, and operational requirements.”
Rachael Manzer, a Teachers in Space Pathfinder astronaut candidate, will encourage and facilitate contacts between Pathfinder astronaut candidates and the news media. As a STEM coach at the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School in Hartford Connecticut, Manzer works with K-8 teachers to develop inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math education. She is president of the Connecticut Science Teachers Association and has received numerous awards including the Civil Air Patrol’s National Educator of the Year and the National Space Club’s National Space Educator Award.
“Public outreach is an important part of our educational efforts,” Manzer said. “In this position, I will help to facilitate the many requests we receive from journalists seeking to connect with our Pathfinders.”
Colleen Howard is an expert in curriculum design, administration, event planning, grant writing, and professional development. She has developed and implemented the Space Integration Module, an award-winning district-wide program for Mesa Arizona Public Schools and designed an online professional development course for teachers working in the program. Now she will put that experience to work for Teachers in Space.
“I’m honored to take on this job,” Howard said. “The Teachers in Space program can have a dramatic impact on STEM teaching everywhere. I’m confident that our efforts will set a new standard in professional development for high school level STEM teachers.”