Meet the Team

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. John West

Dr. John West

Vice President of Education

As Vice President of Education, Dr. John West is responsible for the development and delivery of innovative educational programs that inspire and inform the new generation of space leaders. Dr. West also provides leadership over the Space Foundation Discovery Center which is the region’s first and only dedicated space, science…

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

Senior Manager - Center for Innovation and Education Sales

As Senior Manager - Center for Innovation and Education Sales, Lisa Bell’s duties include providing business development and sales for all Education, Discovery Center and Space Commerce Institute programs and services, as well as sales for facilities and event bookings. Center for Innovation and Education, a division of Space Foundation,…

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…

Terry Bramschreiber

Terry Bramschreiber

Education Program Manager

Terry Bramschreiber, or “Dr. Bram,” overlooks Discover the Universe field trips, Expeditions, and other Space Foundation Discovery Center programming. He joined the Space Foundation in 2021, and has been active as a Teacher Liaison since 2006. Dr. Bram spent 27 years in public education as a science teacher, coach, mentor…

Jennie Anderson

Jennie Anderson

Education Program Manager

Jennie Anderson implements and facilitates a range of the Space Foundation’s formal space-inspired STEM educational and teacher programs, in particular leading the International Teacher Liaison Program. She loves working with Space Foundation’s Teacher Liaisons, who serve as an active link between Space Foundation, their schools, and their communities. Before working…

Anna Shaw

Anna Shaw

Education Program Manager

Anna Shaw is responsible for implementing and facilitating a range of Space Foundation Discovery Center public programs such as Small Steps, Giant Leap, Homeschool Days, Family Star Party, and Tesla’s Toolbox. These programs focus on serving the local community by making STEAM resources more accessible to the public. Prior to…

Aaron Bailey

Aaron Bailey

Discovery Center Educator

Aaron Bailey is an educator with a background in Astronomy and Physics and helps run the Discover the Universe programs, public programs, and helps maintain the Science on a Sphere system. He joined the team in September of 2021. He is responsible for the Family Star Party and is an…

Aimee Valliere

Aimee Valliere

Discovery Center Educator

Aimee Valliere is responsible for developing and implementing various Discovery Center STEM programs including Homeschool Days, Discover the Universe field trips, and the spring and summer Explore Space Experience weeklong adventures. Prior to her work at the Discovery Center, Aimee spent four years as an educator at Space Camp at…

Grace Griffith

Discovery Center Educator

Grace Griffith joined Space Foundation in August 2022 and is responsible for implementing Discovery Center public programs including Tesla’s Toolbox and Discover the Universe field trips. Prior to working at Space Foundation Grace worked for Vanderbilt University, Americorps, and Mclaurin Aerospace. She received her Bachelors degree in Biology from Tennessee…

Sandi Smith

Discovery Center Educator

Sandi Smith is an educator with a background in Earth and Space Science as well as biological sciences and helps run the Discover the Universe programs, and public programming including Small Steps, Giant Leap.  She joined the team as a summer educator in May 2022 after enjoying the position so…

Nylah Rampersad

Nylah Rampersad

Space Education Specialist

Nylah Rampersad 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, Nylah…

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…

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…

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Space Education Specialist

Rachel Johnson is responsible for a range of Space Foundation educational programs that support science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) for the 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,…

Elizabeth Gondek

Elizabeth Gondek

Space Education Specialist

Elizabeth Gondek is responsible for a range of Space Foundation educational programs that support science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) for the 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…

Emily Gomez

Emily Gomez

Space Education Specialist

Emily Gomez is responsible for a range of Space Foundation educational programs that support science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) for the 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,…

Michelle Mohrweis

Michelle Mohrweis

Space Education Specialist

Michelle Mohrweis is responsible for a range of Space Foundation educational programs that support science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) for the 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 Space Foundation, Michelle…

Essiance Chandler

Essiance Chandler

Administrative Assistant for Education

Essiance Chandler is responsible for providing support to all educational programming through calendar bookings, communications, and varies administrative tasks. She is a Colorado native from Manitou Springs. Prior to working at the Space Foundation, Essiance worked in a Montessori Preschool for 4 years and in that time earned a certification…

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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