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Press Release 94-56
Mary Ann Peto

NASA Center Launches 2nd Phase of Educational Initiative

Cleveland, OH -- The Lewis Research Center announced the beginning of Phase II of it's educational initiative, LEEP -- Lewis Empowerment of Educators Program. The first phase began in 1993. Through LEEP, NASA utilizes outstanding teachers who have demonstrated creativity and a dedication to the teaching profession in aerospace education in Lewis' six state region. Lewis' region includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

According to JoAnn Charleston, chief of the Office of Educational Programs, "We are hoping to motivate students to possible science- related careers by enhancing teachers' skills in science, mathematics and technology education."

The following teachers were selected to serve as Aerospace Education Liaisons (AEL) for Phase II of the LEEP project:

Stephen Cole
Helmsburg Es
Morgantown, IN
Kevin Caruso
Educational Seminars
Streamwood, IL
Tina Hughes
Salem City Schools
Salem, OH
David DeGraaf
Gratiot-Isabella RESD
Ithaca, MI
Jan Lawson
Hastings Area Schools
Hastings, MI
Donald Murad
St. Francis DeSales HS
Perrysburg, OH
Nancy Hackbarth
New Holstein Schools
Malone, WI
Alyce Wehrenberg
North Woods ES
LaCrosse, WI
David Hackbarth
New Holstein Schools
Malone, WI
Larry Mascotti
Mayo HS
Rochester, MN
Phoebe Einerston
Belle Plaine ES
Belle Plaine, MN
Through the AEL, students will have greater access to NASA related material, programs and activities because their teachers have integrated aerospace education in their classrooms. The selected teachers serve as a resource to teachers in their areas and become role models in teaching aerospace education, identifying outstanding educators and students to participate in NASA projects.

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