Ashley Martin is a fifth grade teacher at Banks Elementary School in Kinston, North Carolina. She began her teaching career in 2004 after graduating from East Carolina University. Ashley has served in leadership roles in Lenoir County Public Schools as a SIOP trainer and in the development of science pacing guides and assessments. She is a North Carolina Science Olympiad team leader and a GLOBE certified teacher. Ashley uses the curriculum to encouraged leadership and community involvement roles with her students through activities such as fundraising for Katrina victims in 2004 which raised almost $1,500, creating and donating items for area nursing home residents during the holiday seasons, a poster design campaign to encourage a greener school, and student led lessons with younger grade levels. When time allows, Ashley enjoys volunteering with organizations close to her heart, most recently the North Carolina Coastal Federation and NASA Youth Day.
Marilé Colón Robles is the Educator Professional Development Specialist at NASA Langley Research Center and serves the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina. She creates and teaches professional development workshops for pre-service and in-service teachers as well as informal educators all over the country, delivering these opportunities in both English and Spanish and is part of the Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line (S’COOL) team delivering professional development on clouds and climate. Marilé began her career with NASA in 2010 as an Informal Educator where she curated and developed content for the Hispanic Education Initiative’s bilingual website, organized and hosted teacher professional development workshops, museum events, and STEM summer camps. She has also developed interactive STEM games and taught virtual lessons in Spanish to K-12 classrooms all over the country through NASA’s Digital Learning Network. Prior to joining NASA, Marilé was a graduate research assistant examining interactions between clouds and aerosols and their impact on Earth’s energy balance while earning her graduate degree in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.