Bryan DeBates serves as the senior director - education for the Space Foundation. He administers the development and implementation of the Space Foundation's education programs that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. This includes establishing project goals and developing education programs to support the efforts of classroom educators and Space Foundation education partners. He directs the Space Foundation's education programs including the popular Discover The Universe field trips, the Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development courses, the Space In The Community outreach program, and the Space Foundation Discovery Center's education labs: Science On a Sphere®, the Mars Robotics Laboratory and the AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory. DeBates also ensures that the programs follow the Space Foundation's mission, to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.
Prior to his position at the Space Foundation, DeBates taught 5th grade at Timberwilde Elementary in San Antonio, Texas, and Title I math and reading at Ipswich Elementary in Ipswich, S.D. DeBates has been honored for his achievements in education through numerous awards, including being named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal presented by the International Astronautical Federation, Time Warner Cable's National Crystal Apple Award, the Air Force Association's Alamo Chapter Teacher of the Year and the Christa McAuliffe Memorial Award. He was selected by Texas A&M as a recipient of the Educator's Shape the Future Award and was cited in the U.S. Congressional Record for his contributions to education. DeBates was also inducted into the inaugural class of Teacher Liaisons by the Space Foundation, and he has participated in the Zero-G Weightless Flights of Discovery.
DeBates earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northern State University as well as being selected as an Academic All-American football player. He attained a master's in education degree with an emphasis in space science education leadership from Regis University.