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Letter: New science center educator

The Aspen Science Center is pleased to announce that we have hired a new education coordinator following a nationwide search that attracted over two dozen candidates from across the country. Maya Hunt, currently a resident of Denver, will fill the newly created position and brings a wealth of education experiences, along with her own strong educational background in physics and research.

Maya graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in physics and astronomy from the University of Pittsburgh, along with a minor in theater arts, and completed a secondary physics teaching credential through Rhode Island Teaching Fellows. She also completed 16 credits toward a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Denver. Her research areas include planetary nebulae and exoplanets.

Prior to joining the Aspen Science Center, Ms. Hunt taught AP physics, physics, and honors chemistry at St. Genevieve High School in Panorama City, California, where she designed weekly interactive labs and demonstrations for inquiry-based STEM education; taught physical sciences, astronomy and physics at Central Falls High School in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where she was also responsible for the complete creation from scratch of the curricula for all classes to support state teaching standards; worked as a counselor at a year-round science adventure camp for grades 4 through 12 in Idyllwild, California; and worked with K-second-grade students with autism in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Maya brings a wealth of experience in inquiry-based STEM education that supports state learning standards; a solid understanding of fundamental science through her educational background in physics; she has worked with children of all ages and backgrounds; and has an outgoing and energetic personality, as evidenced by her theater arts minor. This is exactly that rare combination of hard-core scientific and STEM knowledge combined with a passion and enthusiasm for teaching that we were looking for in this position.

Please join us in welcoming her to the valley.

David Houggy

President, Aspen Science Center

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