My teaching method is to break up the lesson into manageable bits, I am flexible with the students' needs and I like to bring an energy and excitement to class so that learning is a fun journey, not a chore. I like using power point and including lots of graphics (photos and videos) to go with the bullet points. Having plenty of room for questions and answers is also important to me!
I am a graduate student, I am offering lessons in algebra and science, and I have a bachelors in space studies (aeronautics and astronomy), I have been teaching various audiences since 2009. My students have raised their grades by several letters.
Cancelling prior to the lesson will result in a full refund.
Astronomy and aeronautics graduate student striving to apply knowledge and develop professionally. Recipient of the 2017 Darrell Cain Award for empowering young people to participate and make an impact in the exploration of space; holding experience in outreach projects, science, and mathematics as a disciplined, and innovative student seeking new opportunities.
Master of Science: Astronomy, expected Mar 2020. American Public University System, Charles Town, WV.
AGI STK Software Level 1 Certified. Jul 2018.
Bachelor of Science: Space Studies, Feb 2018. American Public University System, Charles Town, WV.
Recipient of the Darrell Cain Award for Excellence Nov 2017.
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)-Chapter President Jan 2018-present, Vice President May 2017-Dec 2017, Council of Chapters Representative Dec 2016-Dec 2017, member Jun 2016-present.
National Society for Collegiate Scholars member since Jul 2012.
Golden Key International Honor Society member since Aug 2016.
Dean’s List 2016 and 2017 at APU.
American Association of Variable Star Observers Ambassador
Pasco Hernando State College-Computer Programming 2011-2012.
Astronomical Student Researcher at American Public University, Charles Town, WV. May 2017-present.
Approved collaboration with professor to begin a variable star research project . Organizing ideas, telescope and individual capabilities, and securing contacts for project assistance.
Writing up and editing an independent research grant proposal to the university.
Working in an ongoing effort to catalog radio and photometric data for thesis project regarding star KIC 8462485 in a comparative analysis effort against similar stars.
Recording and analyzing photometric data on RR Lyrae variable stars for researching their individual variances and environmental correlations-surrounding stellar neighborhood and specific galactic positions. Organizing it into tables and readable formats for technical and non-technical groups. This project is to be reported to the American Astronomical Society upon conclusion in December 2018.
Researching photometry methods and background in order to execute them effectively.
Operating university’s 24 inch CDK reflector telescope and its SBIG STX-16803 CCD camera as frequently as weather permits for the RR Lyrae research project.
Utilizing programs like The Sky, Planewave STI, ASCOM, MaximDL, all sky cameras, Stellarium, and the MS Office suite.
President, Vice President, CoC Representative at Students for the Exploration and Development of Space at American Public University, Charles Town, WV. Jun 2016-present.
Collaborating in an ongoing research project for determining galaxy parameters using three virtual telescopes with ITelescope, Australia, Spain, New Mexico-USA.
Recording and analyzing data for a meteor sighting data collection project compiling information on observed meteors such as color, brightness, direction, quantity, date and time, for the purpose of chapter collaboration and professional experience.
Astronomical imaging and processing for a chapter logo design competition using an 18 inch CDK telescope.
Initating and promoting an ongoing meteor sighting data collection project with a research effort/paper set as the end goal, compiling a data input form and making it accessible to all members for participation.
Organizing and initiating an astrophotography project for all chapter members using a Celestron USB telescopic camera by reaching out to Celestron, chapter members and promoting learning astrophotography by posting instructions and tutorials.
Selected to represent the chapter’s voice at the national level, in votes and opinions on current news or directives.
Engaging people through meetings, star party camping trips, social media, and current information to stimulate interest in space exploration.
Contact national and international industry leaders to arrange lectures/presentations with them for the benefit of the chapter.
Creating and editing budget, activity, and annual reports to the university.
Effectively communicating within the leadership team and to other members regarding chapter projects, events, and space science news.
Software experience with The Sky, Planewave STI, ASCOM, MaximDL, all sky cameras, Stellarium, SpectraCyber, IRIS Halo Generator, ITelescope, Excel and MS office suite, Adobe suite including Photoshop, Deep Sky Stacker, CCDStack, WordPress, VB.net, C+.
Private astronomy outreach host, Tampa, FL. May 2012-present.
Implement space technology and astronomical knowledge acquired over the years of constant study since grade school to provide an exciting show for various audience sizes and education levels. This includes technical information on planets, geology, constellations, imaging equipment, satellites, high energy and theoretical astrophysics.
Independently designed and built a fully functional 6-inch Dobsonian telescope and solar filters for personal research and community events. Incorporating various formats and innovations to complete the project with all necessary materials (Teflon, power tools, implementing a new focuser mount design).
Conducting geometric and algebraic calculations to implement precision measurements in telescope construction.
Advocacy for the International Dark Sky Association using research papers, social media and the association’s provided supplies.
Organizing an event across multiple local counties to observe the rare Venus transit event in June 2012. Coordinating efforts and supplies for solar glasses and filters, marketing the event, acquiring several telescopes for viewing and the appropriate staff support to manage the crowds, as well as foul weather preparation.
Arranging telescope viewing nights with a public library on a bi-annual basis to bring space science to the community. Offering educational information in addition to the views while ensuring the safety of attending guests and support staff/collaborators by scouting out the location prior to event and prepping the area for night time visits.
Maintaining, Dobsonian, Cassegrain, refractor, fork, truss tube and alt/az mounted telescopes for high quality usage. To include diagnosing issues with and carrying out all repairs, regular cleaning, collimating, and refurbishing of the equipment, i.e. focusers, finderscopes, telrads, tripods, mirrors/lenses, Stellarium, and Go-To software.
Nepris Aeronautics and Astronomy Tutor/Presenter, virtual access from Tampa, FL. Jan 2018-present.
Organized and presented up-to-date astronomical information for the classrooms through virtual means. This included technical information on planets, geology, constellations, rocketry and satellites, prepared in age/grade appropriate lessons.
Composed presentations that were engaging for audiences from elementary to high school, sharing unscripted information to impart an excitement for space to all of the students.
Networking, managing wireless internet access, meeting room connections, cameras, microphones, and office style software for the presentations.
Senior Astronomy Presenter and Planetarium Operator at Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, FL. Oct, 2007-Apr 2014.
Implemented space technology and astronomical knowledge acquired over the years of constant study since grade school to provide an exciting show for various audience sizes and education levels. This included technical information on planets, geology, constellations, imaging equipment, satellites, high energy and theoretical astrophysics.
Researched current data and integrating it into daily shows and presentations without the use of scripts, and offering that information to guests and colleagues upon scientific discussions or questions.
Organized and presented up-to-date astronomical information for the general public, professional, and academic audiences to incite the passion for space in others.
Created grade-level-appropriate lessons, including lectures, hands-on activities, and complied with merit badge requirements for kids’ scouts and rangers programs.
Mitigated efforts for supporting items like supplemental lighting, storage facilities, staffing shortages and spontaneous guest issues or miscommunications.
Acted as supervisor and the go-to astronomical information source for the museum guests and coworkers.
Ensured planetarium was in good operating standards prior to each show and executed repairs as needed.
Effectively handled upset guests, and emergency situations (fire alarms, medical problems, missing children, etc.).
Took astronomy presentation programs out to schools and camps, including telescopes for night time viewing of the planets, nebulae and more, making sure all information shared is accurate and up to date. Worked with colleagues and teachers to organize the student body and maintaining the safety of the group under dark conditions.
General maintenance of light bulbs, fans, and electrical components and repairs to planetarium computers, software, sound systems and projectors-CRT, Full Dome, Chronos and Lockheed Martin projector balls.
Operated projectors, audio and visual equipment including soundboards, speakers, lights, control hubs and related software.
Maintained, Dobsonian, Cassegrain, refractor, fork, truss tube and alt/az mounted telescopes for high quality usage. Diagnoses of technical issues and carried out all repairs, regular cleaning, collimating, and refurbishing of the equipment, i.e. focusers, finderscopes, telrads, tripods, mirrors/lenses, and Go-To software.
Private Mathematics Tutor, Tampa and Dade City, FL. Sep 2012-Sep 2015.
Worked with a variety of people and ages including middle school, high school, and college-level students in basic mathematics, geometry, algebra, and trigonometry, where students’ grades markedly improved afterwards.
Organized lesson plans, schedules, and take-home notes for students on discussed concepts.
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