Leah is a former elementary/middle school teacher with extensive experience working with NASA and the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. Leah’s role at CSATS works to build K-12/Penn State partnerships and design and implement STEM education outreach programs that incorporate reform-oriented teaching strategies. Leah brings over twenty years of education experience to the CSATS team. After receiving a B.S. in Elementary Education from Montana State University, she taught in Idaho for fourteen years. During this time, she taught every grade level from third through eighth grade, in addition to creating and implementing a multi-age classroom program and a technology education lab. During this time, she also achieved National Board Certification in Young Adolescence Social Studies, and earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Idaho State University. She left the classroom to work as an Aerospace Education Specialist, representing NASA in K-16 classrooms. She was also involved with the Educator Astronaut Program and was the NASA Headquarters Coordinator for the NASA Explorer School Program. She moved to Penn State to assume the position of Education Program Manager and then, Assistant Director at the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. She joined CSATS in August 2009, where she works to build K-12/Penn State partnerships and design and implement STEM education outreach programs that incorporate reform-oriented teaching strategies.