Jami Sunkel is New Space Education Specialist
The Space Foundation education team welcomed a new space education specialist in July, Jami Sunkel. Sunkel's credentials include a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and a bachelor's degree in health promotion and wellness from Missouri Southern State College in Joplin.
Most recently she was the 7th and 8th grade advanced science teacher and department lead for the James Irwin Charter Academy in Colorado Springs. Prior to teaching, she was curator and director of education for the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, the car collection of Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, and she was executive director for the Concours D'Elegance auto show held at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.
As space education specialist, her duties will include managing and teaching Space Across the Curriculum professional development courses for teachers from around the nation, promoting space education in schools and developing and implementing curriculum and education programs that support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She will also be responsible for creating curriculum for and operating the Space Foundation's Science on a Sphere® for the Wonders of the Universe courses. She will visit classrooms to deliver space-themed standards-based lessons and will serve as an instructor and coordinator for the STARS program, which provides classroom STEM instruction using space-based activities. She will also instruct students and teachers visiting the Space Foundation's Discovery Center at its world headquarters in Colorado Springs.