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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…

Jodie Guillen

Jodie Guillen

Education Program Manager

Jodie Guillen is responsible for developing and implementing the extensive space-inspired educational programs at Space Foundation, including Space Across the Curriculum Teacher Professional Development Courses, championing space-inspired educational initiatives on a global scale, and creating innovative curriculum infused with science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). Guillen also leads Space…

Melinda Bradley

Education Program Manager

Melinda Bradley is responsible for implementing and facilitating a range of Space Foundation’s space-inspired STEM educational programs including International Programs, Teacher Professional Development, and Space in the Community Events. Most recently, Bradley became an Education Program Manager for Space Foundation where she serves as the point of contact for current…

Alex Grab

Alex Grab

Education Program Manager

Alex Grab is responsible for implementing and facilitating a range of the Space Foundation’s formal space-inspired STEM educational programs including Junior Space Entrepreneur Program (JSEP) and development of Cadet Space Explorer Program (CSEP). These companion programs focus on the maturation of skills students need to enter the STEM workforce, while…

Steve Janko

Steve Janko

Space Education Specialist

Steve Janko 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, Steve…

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…

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…

Kris Winchell

Kris Winchell

Sales Support Coordinator

Kris Winchell is responsible for overseeing the Space Foundation Discovery Center field trip and educational program reservations, as well as providing support for facility and event bookings. She also manages the scholarship opportunities with the Space Foundation for schools throughout Colorado and nationwide. In working with the Discovery Center team,…

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