Jodie Guillen is responsible for implementing the extensive space-related educational programs at the Space Foundation, including conducting Discover the Universe field trips for students, teaching Space Across the Curriculum professional development courses to teachers from around the nation, promoting space education in schools, and developing and implementing curriculum and education programs that support science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).
Prior to joining the Space Foundation team, Guillen taught Earth, Space, and Life Science to middle school students in Moriarty, New Mexico, where she secured over $80,000 in grant money for her Title 1 school. In addition, she developed a Space Science STEAM elective from the ground up, all of which was aligned to the Next Generation Science standards. Most recently, Guillen spent three weeks in Shenzhen, China, during the summer of 2018, teaching a Space STEAM camp to Chinese students from K-5th grade.
Guillen has won several awards for her teaching, including: the 2017 Cheri Brinley Outstanding Teacher Award from the Space Center Houston, the 2016-2017 Jacobs Educator Award from the Indiana University School of Education, and the 2016 New Mexico Academy of Science (NMAS) Outstanding Science Teacher Award. She is also a 2018 Teach to Lead Participant and a member of the Space Expedition Educator crew through the Space Center Houston. Guillen earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.