Director - Education
Audra Chapleski administers the development and implementation of the Space Foundation’s education programs that support science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education. This includes establishing project goals and developing education programs, including the popular Discover the Universe field trips, the Space in the Community outreach program, virtual field trips and educator professional development. She oversees the Space Foundation’s education programs in Colorado Springs along with its education labs, including the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, Mars Robotics Laboratory, AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory and the Battelle Underwater Drone Lab.
Prior to starting her position at the Space Foundation in 2018, Chapleski was a science teacher for students attending American Academy charter school. In 2014, she founded and was the Head of School for Vertical Skills Academy, a private school serving dyslexic students through hands-on learning experiences. She was also a member of the Colorado Department of Education focus group for dyslexia.
Her degrees and certifications include her Colorado Principal license and her Colorado and New Mexico teaching licensure with endorsements in special education and secondary science, as well as being a certified Orton Gillingham therapist. Chapleski has been honored for her achievements in education through numerous awards, including selection as a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison in 2008. Other awards and trainings include the Douglas County Apple Award Nominee, member of Pi Nu Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, FIRST Lego League and Robofest Robotics team leader and facilitator. She attended Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Conference and coursework, NEED training, Solidworks and STK training.