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Space Foundation International Teacher Liaison Program Adds 27 Educators, Including Five in India and One in Ethiopia

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 17, 2019) – The Space Foundation has selected 27 outstanding educators to join its Teacher Liaison program in 2019, including six international applicants from India and Ethiopia. The educators were chosen for their active promotion of space and science education in the classroom.

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.

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 35th Space Symposium, to be held April 8-11 at The Broadmoor 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

  • Jyothi Kadkol, Dr. Kalmadi Shamarao High School, Pune
  • Jaya Misra, Vidya Valley School, Pune
  • Pallavi Shinde, Vidya Valley School, Pune
  • Vibhuti Yadav, Vidya Valley School, Pune

Chhattisgarh, India

  • Amujuri Biswanath, Aastha Vidya Mandir English Medium School, Dantewada

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • Beza Tesfaye Zewdie, Ethiopian Space Science Society, Addis Ababa

USA – Alabama

  • Christina Spivey, Hampton Cove Elementary, Owens Cross Roads


  • Christine Hirst, West Ranch High School, Stevenson Ranch


  • Jodie Guillen, Space Foundation, Colorado Springs
  • Franklin Hinson, Sand Creek High School, Colorado Springs
  • Ann Pederson, Piñon Valley Elementary, Colorado Springs
  • James Plott, The Classical Academy North Elementary, Colorado Springs
  • Ryan Ten Brink, Achieve Online, Colorado Springs
  • Tracee Vickery, Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen, Evergreen


  • Shawna Christenson, The Weiss School, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Jennifer Jackson, Stewart Middle Magnet, Tampa


  • Becky Busby, Frank Long Elementary, Hinesville


  • Donna Mayson-Strickland, General Smallwood Middle School, Indian Head
  • Stephen Sollohub, North Point High School, Waldorf


  • Logan MacCash, Rolla Middle School, Rolla
  • Shay Sturgeon, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla

South Carolina

  • Mirna Hawthorne, A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering, Greenville


  • Phyllis Friello, Space Center Houston, Houston
  • Kerry Johnson, Westwood High School, Austin
  • Celena Miller, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Pharr


  • Jennifer Jones, Quest Academy Charter School, West Haven

Washington, D.C.

  • Frances Dellutri, National Space Society, District of Columbia

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

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and 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 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.

Pictured: Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons work on a science project during a workshop at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. From left are: Jennie Anderson, Woodmen Hills Elementary School, Colorado; Nicole McWright, Thornton High School, Colorado; and Brady Loomer, St. Mark’s School, Massachusetts.

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