Press Release

Space Foundation International Teacher Liaison Program Adds 39 Educators for 2020

By SpaceRef Editor
December 3, 2019
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The Space Foundation has selected 39 outstanding educators to join its Teacher Liaison program in 2020, including six international applicants from India, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. These educators were chosen for their active promotion of space, science, and STEM education in the classroom. 


Started by the Space Foundation in 2004, the Teacher Liaison program positively influences STEM education on an international level, using space-related content to inspire the next generation of astronauts, scientists, engineers, and space pioneers. Teacher Liaisons serve as advocates for STEM education and use training and resources, provided by the Space Foundation, to further integrate space principles into their classrooms, schools, communities, and beyond.


Each selected class of Teacher Liaisons is called a “flight” to denote the teachers’ mission as premier Space/STEM educators. A new flight of Teacher Liaisons is selected each December following a rigorous application process. This program is open to public, private, and homeschool teachers, in both informal and formal education, as well as school administrators, principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers, as well as others who deliver educational programs to students. 


New Teacher Liaisons are selected by a panel comprised of experienced Teacher Liaisons, as well as representatives from the space industry and the military. The Space Foundation Teacher Liaison program is funded by Lockheed Martin and the Miller-Wood Foundation.


New Teacher Liaisons will be publicly recognized at the Space Foundation’s 36th Space Symposium, to be held March 30 – April 2, 2020, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. In addition to recognition activities, Teacher Liaisons also participate in the Space Foundation’s virtual distance delivery education programs. 


The new Teacher Liaisons are:


United States


  • Lisa Love, Yuma, AZ, H.L. Suverkrup Elementary School
  • Michelle Mohrweis, Chandler, AZ, Bogle Junior High School
  • Jeff Herold, Phoenix, AZ, Arizona Science Center


  • Amber Bjork, Colorado Springs, CO, Space Foundation
  • Ruth Butler, Colorado Springs, CO, Space Foundation
  • Jeff Gonyea, Colorado Springs, CO, Space Foundation
  • Lori Ranney, Lakewood, CO, Bell Middle School
  • Chrys Rheinbolt, Colorado Springs, CO, Space Foundation


  • Cary Long, Clermont, FL, Montverde Academy
  • Jessica Strauss, Tampa, FL, Mabry Elementary School


  • Alana Davis, Powder Springs, GA, Cobb County School District
  • April Leachman, Dallas, GA, South Paulding Middle School
  • Sarah Nupen, Fort Benning, GA, Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center
  • Laurie Orth, Evans, GA, Laurie Orth – Music Teacher


  • Souad Belcaid, Newton, MA, The Fessenden School


  • Lisa Wininger, Portage, MI, West Shore Educational Service District


  • Caroline Little, Saint Paul, MN, Visitation School

New Jersey

  • James Falletti, Hackensack, NJ, Corpus Christi School

New Mexico

  • Lynette Jordan, Roswell, NM, Valley View Elementary School

New York

  • Patrick Petty, Fort Plain, NY, Fort Plain Junior Senior High School

North Carolina

  • Elisabeth (Betty Jo) Moore, Yadkinville, NC, Wiley Magnet Middle School


  • Lee Ann Gray, Ada, OK, Willard Middle School

Rhode Island

  • Renee Gamba, Cranston, RI, City of Providence Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Middletown Public Schools


  • Jennifer Duffer, Conroe, TX, Montgomery High School
  • Christine Graham, McKinney, TX, Cockrill Middle School
  • Angela Groves-Price, Fort Worth, TX, W.P. McLean Middle School
  • Leah Pinto, Gilmer, TX, Bruce Junior High School
  • Deyanira Salazar, Uvalde, TX, Math Rocks!
  • Joy Schwartz, Beaumont, TX, Legacy Christian Academy


  • Rachel Harrington, Arlington, WA, Haller Middle School
  • Trevor Macduff, Pasco, WA, River’s Edge High School


  • Kelli Arenz, North Prairie, WI, Park View Middle School
  • Jenny McCall, Kenosha, WI, Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum

Puerto Rico

  • Elizabeth Torres-Rodriguez, Arecibo, Jose Julian Acosta


  • Nilima Jaunjale, Maharashtra, Pune, Vidya Valley School
  • Netre Kulkarni, Maharashtra, Pune, The Orchid School
  • Aparajita Roy, Maharashtra, Pune, Vidya Valley School
  • Amita Trivedi, Maharashtra, Pune, Vidya Valley School


  • Julio Baizabal, Coatepec, Veracruaz, Caftánrojo Colegio de las Artes


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

Free Lesson Plans for Educators

The Space Foundation has collaborated with Peanuts to provide free Snoopy-themed lesson plans to improve students’ skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Educators may access the free lesson plans at


About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a 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, as well as field representatives in Houston and on the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both websites — and — and follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


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