Mars Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Willett as the
organization´s Education Coordinator. In
her new position, Nicole will work to promote the group´s educational outreach
to teachers, students and the general public and help communicate the Mars
Society’s goal of expanded and sustainable Mars exploration and a humans-to-Mars mission in the coming decade.
Nicole is a veteran astronomy and environmental science teacher at a secondary school in Savannah, Georgia. She received her degree in Biology (with a concentration in astronomy and astrobiology) from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.
In addition, Nicole is an experienced volunteer for
public educational awareness in the areas of astronomy and Mars research in her
local community and has been involved in volunteer work with Dr. James Nieow of
Valdosta State University and Dr. Chris McKay of NASA Ames.
As part of her work as Education Coordinator, Nicole and
the Mars Society’s Internet staff, led by James Burk, have set up a new Education page on
the organization’s web site to help encourage Mars educational programming,
including design of classroom-based curriculum, recommended reading for
students, suggested links for educators and a new bi-weekly educational blog called “Red Planet Pen.”
“We are very excited to have Nicole on board as our educational outreach representative. Her work is vital to the overall mission of the Mars Society - to teach the current and next generation of students about the importance of a future on the Red Planet,” said Mars Society Executive Director Susan Holden Martin.