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The Space Foundation’s international award-winning education team is comprised of professional educators, experienced museum curators and sales and logistics professionals who are passionate about supporting our mission. At the Space Foundation Discovery Center, we strive to bring the excitement and passion of space to the community through interactive exhibits, as well as programs that stir the imagination to bring space down to Earth. Through our education programs we inspire students on field trips, enable teachers through professional development and propel the community by engaging them in our outreach programs.

Dr. Autumn Thomas

Vice President-Education

Dr. Autumn Thomas is the Vice President of Education for the Space Foundation and an expert in curriculum development and equity in education with an executive leadership focus. Her studies have focused on leading educational organizations to be inclusive, innovative, and engaging. She centers her advocacy on including all voices…

Rachel English

Rachel English

Director-Space Foundation Discovery Center

Rachel English is the Director of the Space Foundation Discovery Center, an interactive museum and science center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As Space Foundation Discovery Center Director, Rachel is responsible for directing the Discovery Center’s staff and volunteer corps in developing and facilitating the center’s exhibits, field trips, public programming, and…

Lisa Bell

Lisa Bell

Manager- Space Foundation Discovery Center Sales

As Manager- Discovery Center Sales, Lisa Bell's duties include providing sales and reservation support for all aspects of our Education and Discovery programs, as well as support for facilities and event bookings. Her responsibilities include managing Space Foundation Discovery Center field trip reservations and connecting with schools to share educational opportunities…

Jeff Gonyea

Jeff Gonyea

Program Manager - Space Foundation Discovery Center

Jeff Gonyea implements a broad range of the Space Foundation's space-related educational programs. He teaches Discover the Universe field trips for students, works with the Discovery Center's Family Star Party events and special educational programs such as the Discovery Center's new 3D Printing classes. Gonyea was one of many whose…

Amanda Barringer

Space Education Specialist

Amanda Barringer is responsible for a range of Space Foundation educational programs that support science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) for Jr. Space Entrepreneur Program, as well as the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s public programming initiatives for students, teachers, and families. Prior to working at the Space Foundation Amanda…

Melinda Bradley

Space Education Specialist

Melinda Bradley is responsible for implementing a range of the Space Foundation’s space-inspired STEM educational programs including Discover the Universe field trips and virtual programs as well as the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s public programming initiatives for students, teachers, and families. Bradley graduated from the University of Colorado with her…

Terry Bramschreiber

Discovery Center Educator

Terry Bramschreiber, or “Dr. B,” writes curriculum for programming at the Discovery Center.  He teaches Discover the Universe field trips for students, public programming in the museum and outreach on space-inspired STEM topics. Dr. B spent 27 years in public education as a science teacher, coach, mentor teacher, dean, assistant…

Ruth Butler

Ruth Butler

Space Education Specialist

Ruth Butler is responsible for an extensive range of Space Foundation educational programs, including creating and teaching curriculum that supports science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) for Discover the Universe field trip programs, Space in the Community and Space Across the Curriculum. Butler spent seven years teaching math, science,…

Alex Grab

Space Education Specialist

Alex Grab is responsible for implementing a range of the Space Foundation’s space-inspired STEM educational programs including Discover the Universe field trips and virtual programs as well as the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s public programming initiatives for students, teachers, and families. Prior to working at the Space Foundation, Alex spent…

Jodie Guillen

Jodie Guillen

Space Education Specialist

Jodie Guillen is responsible for implementing the extensive space-related educational programs at the Space Foundation, including conducting Discover the Universe field trips for students, teaching Space Across the Curriculum professional development courses to teachers from around the nation, promoting space education in schools, and developing and implementing curriculum and education…

Kris Winchell

Kris Winchell

Scheduling and Administrative Assistant

Kris Winchell is responsible for overseeing the Space Foundation Discovery Center field trip and educational program reservations, as well as supporting various facility events. She also manages the scholarship opportunities to the Space Foundation for schools throughout Colorado. In working with the Discovery Center team, she is responsible for logistics…

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