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Space Foundation International Teacher Liaison Program Adds 31 Educators, Including Five in India and One in Nigeria

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 17, 2018) – Started by the Space Foundation in 2004, the Teacher Liaison program influences space and science education at an international level. Teacher Liaisons serve as advocates for space-themed education, and use Space Foundation-provided training and resources to further integrate space principles into the classroom.

The Space Foundation has selected 31 outstanding educators to join its Teacher Liaison program in 2018, including six international applicants from India and Nigeria. The educators were chosen for their active promotion of space and science education in the classroom.

A new flight of Teacher Liaisons is selected every January. The program is open to public, private and homeschool teachers, as well as school administrators, principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers and others who deliver education programs to students. New Teacher Liaisons are selected by a panel comprised of experienced Teacher Liaisons and representatives from the space industry and the military. The Space Foundation Teacher Liaison program is funded by Lockheed Martin.

The new Teacher Liaisons will be publicly recognized at the Space Foundation’s 34th Space Symposium, which is being held April 16-19 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. In addition to the recognition activities, Teacher Liaisons also participate in the Space Foundation’s virtual distance delivery education programs.

The new Teacher Liaisons are:

Maharashtra, India
Seema Desai, Gurushala Academy, Pune
Lakshmi Gandhi, Dr. Kalmadi Shamarao High School, Pune
Aparupa Ghosh, Vidya Valley School, Pune
Veena Menon, City Pride School, Pune
Meghana Pange, City Pride School, Pune

Ogun State, Nigeria
Abiodun Ogunbiyi, Aviation Palace Academy, Abeokuta

Lori Nelson, Roger B. Chaffee Elementary School, Huntsville

Kalman Mannis, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix

Jennifer Brocious, Falcon High School, Peyton
Ian Dunbar, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, Evergreen
Tracey Graham, Alexander Dawson School, Lafayette
Therese Moran, West Middle School, Grand Junction
Steven Riegel, The Vanguard School, Colorado Springs
Eligar Sadeh, Aims Community College, Fort Collins
Ray Sevits, North Middle School, Colorado Springs
Michelle Thomas, Independence Academy Charter School, Grand Junction

George Bartuska, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, Lakeland
Judith Deeley, Guardian Angels Catholic School, Clearwater
Katrina Roddenberry, Wakulla Middle School, Crawfordville

Katie Conrad, Westfield Intermediate School, Westfield
Jill Gilford, Twin Lakes High School, Monticello

Ashlie Smith, Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls, Bloomfield Hills

Amanda Almany, Rolla Middle School, Rolla
Marisa Tompkins, student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla

Terresa Greenleaf-Littsen, Walthill Public School, Walthill

New Jersey
Bonnie Marino, Belhaven Middle School, Linwood

New York
Nathan Tubbs, P.S./I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington, Brooklyn

North Carolina
Karen Kingrea, Immaculata Catholic School, Durham

Lisa Pitts, Oakdale Public School District, Edmond

Deborah Reynolds, Harrison Middle School, Pittsburgh

Megan Tucker, Hillsboro Charter Academy, Purcellville

To learn more about Teacher Liaisons and Space Foundation education programs, please visit

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston, Los Angeles and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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