Ashburn, VA (January 31, 2017) – Dr. Barbara Gruber, the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) aerospace educator-in-residence at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, has been accepted into NASA’s Space Educator Expedition Crew Program.
This competitive program selects 36 K‐12 teachers from across the country to collaborate in six regional Educator Expedition Crews to develop teacher leadership skills and STEM-based learning experiences. Gruber will start the year-long program at the Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) from February 9th through 11th at Space Center Houston.
The Space Educator Expedition Crew Program seeks to:
- Enrich STEM and space-themed instruction through hands-on, real world challenges;
- Create a meaningful and relevant “Year in Space Education” action plan to implement space-themed STEM;
- Partner with local institutions to provide meaningful STEM opportunities to students.Program participants will have access to NASA resources and guidance. She holds a doctorate in education with an emphasis in instructional technology and educational policy from George Mason University, a master’s in education in administration and leadership from the University of Phoenix, a master’s in education in educational technology from San Diego State University and a bachelor of science in chemistry education from California University of Pennsylvania.
- In 2014, Gruber was named by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as a “20 to Watch” Educational Technology Leader.
- Gruber joined LCPS in 2000 as the technology resource teacher at Farmwell Station Middle School and has since served as a chemistry teacher at Freedom High School, a staff development trainer for Technology Resource Services, the technology resource specialist for Technology Resource Services and as the administrative intern at Moorefield Station Elementary School in addition to her position at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.