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Center Snapshot: Janet Myers
08.12.11
 
Janet Myers. Image above: Janet Myers, a LARSS intern and graduate student at Old Dominion University, has spent the past 10 weeks at NASA Langley working with teachers on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum. Credit: NASA/Sean Smith

By: Denise Lineberry

Janet Chiles entered Langley's gates for a LARSS internship on May 16. But after her July wedding, she is making her final exit of the summer as Janet Myers.

And though the honeymoon is over, the good times continued to roll through her work on the WHEELS, or Workshops Helping Educators Explore and Leverage STEM program. She introduces NASA educational materials into the classroom during the workshops, which help teachers integrate NASA content into their curriculum.

NASA LANGLEY STUDENT PROGRAMS:

Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program:
http://www.nianet.org/larss/

Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science (ACCESS):
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Achieving_Competence.html

NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP):
http://usrp.usra.edu/

Motivating Undergraduate Students in Science and Technology (MUST):
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Motivating_Undergraduates_Science_Technology.html

DEVELOP:
http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program:
Myers' previous classroom experience as a practicum student taught her that collaboration and people skills are essential. That insider’s look into education drives many of her decisions from resources to time management. She will student teach this fall and continue her internship at Langley.

"I am excited to be able to make it easier for educators to accommodate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects into their busy schedules," Myers said.

Her internship at NASA Langley has provided her with more insight. She assisted the Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) with organizing programs managed by NASA. She enjoys sharing the project’s capabilities with prospective venues – mostly museums and science centers -- throughout the country.

"It seems hard for people to believe that NASA will do all of these wonderful things to help teachers at absolutely no cost," Myers said. "I have such pride for the program and the accomplished people who work to keep it running."

The people she speaks of are the same people she considers her own resources at Langley: Priscilla Williams, Cecelia Fletcher and Gwen Wheatle of the Education office.

She has found herself surrounded by all the right people.

Her husband’s encouragement led her to NASA Langley. He was a DEVELOP intern at Langley last summer.

Her parents' encouragement follows her everywhere. "They have always encouraged me to reach for the stars and supported any decisions I have made," Myers said.

After earning her associate’s degree, she became the first person in her family to receive a college degree. Last spring, she went on to earn her bachelor's.

With the completion of her internship, she will return to Old Dominion University and plans to graduate in December with her Master’s of Science in Elementary Education.

She would like to earn her PhD.

With time, that will come, as well as a time to grow her family with her husband, James, after establishing a career.

"I have been blessed with the opportunity to see what life is like in a wonderful position at Langley, but equally as lucky to have worked jobs that aren't so desirable," Myers said. "Every experience has taught me something about myself and the world, and I value the good and the bad adventures I have had along the way."

 
 
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