EDUCATION TEAM

Our education staff is comprised of teachers, professionals with an extensive STEM background and/or individuals experienced with child care or best practices in education. We are the K-12 educational outreach facility of the Florida A&M–Florida State University College of Engineering and serve over 60,000 students each year from FL, GA and AL. We are experts in informal education and creating positive, lasting learning experiences to motivate students to pursue higher education and careers in STEM fields.

William Figueroa has a degree in Middle Grades Science and Social Studies and has designed and led various camps for Camp Challenger. Native from Puerto Rico, he is bilingual and has been part of the Education Staff of Challenger Learning Center for six years.

Bernard Edouard is an undergraduate student at Florida A&M University as a Biology Major and has been working as a member of the Challenger Learning Center education team for about two years.

Allison Metcalf has a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Florida State University, and has been teaching at the Challenger Learning Center for two years. Allison has a passion for getting children of all ages excited about science and technology.

Christina Hagenbeck received her B.S. in Meteorology and has student-taught science at a middle school in Florida. Christina primarily works with students in grades 2-5, and also assists with coordinating Challenger Learning Center birthday parties. Her passion is to help ignite a life-long curiosity and desire for learning in students, especially in STEM fields.

Lloyd Wheeler is an aviator who started flying in the 1960’s.  Lloyd holds several professional flight certificates.  Lloyd worked at the Challenger Learning Center when it first opened, running space mission simulations and planetarium shows. He is back at the center doing science demonstrations for K-12 groups and enjoys showing our visitors how much fun science can be.

Nika Blank received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Florida State University, where she is currently pursuing an M.S. in Biological Oceanography. Nika has taught and tutored students from middle school through college, and has worked with students in less formal settings as a camp counselor and swim instructor. Nika has been at Challenger Learning Center for over a year where she primarily works with K-3 students. She enjoys sharing her love of science with students; encouraging them to be curious, creative and open while learning about themselves and the world around them.

Lisa Kraut is a K-1 teacher in Leon County. She has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Florida State University. Lisa has experience in teaching pre-kindergarten-4th grade in Leon County and Gadsden County. She has been at Challenger for seven years and has worked with students pre-kindergarten-8th grade. She enjoys sparking an interest in STEAM for young children. Her favorite subjects are math, science and music and she enjoys serving as the Mini Mu sponsor at her school.

Daniel Allison received a M.S. degree from Florida State University in Meteorology. He enjoys working with students in grades K-8 at the Challenger Learning Center doing various educational programs, including space mission simulations, field trips, off-site programs and summer camps. He has over 10 years of formal and informal teaching experience, and has also taught middle and high school students at North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee. Each day, Daniel shares his passion for science with students of all ages visiting the Challenger Learning Center, and loves seeing the excitement and “light bulb” moment on students’ faces.

Liana Rodriguez is pursuing a masters degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University.  Liana enjoys working with students of all ages,  although she mostly works with K-1 students at the Challenger Learning Center. She believes that children can do anything they set their minds to and wants to help them realize their full potential.

Jessica Goodrich is pursuing a degree in elementary education and works for the Challenger Learning Center running space mission simulations, field trips and other educational programs. She enjoys the children’s enthusiasm as they learn new things in fun ways.

Melissa Emery is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre at Florida State University. Originally from South Florida, Ms Mel has family in Brazil and is bilingual in Portuguese. She has always loved math and science, and is excited to start her first year at the Challenger Learning Center.

Jessica Stanton is currently pursuing a masters degree in Secondary English Education. She mainly works with K-1 at Camp Challenger, but has had numerous experiences with other age groups. Her goal of teaching English as a language abroad has lead her to explore and experience aspects of other cultures. She is open to all forms of education and hopes to empart that knowledge onto the children she teaches.

Cassidy Mosher is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors, especially hiking, skiing, and biking. She is super excited to share her knowledge and passion for science with students and campers at the Challenger Learning Center.

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200 S. Duval Street Tallahassee, FL 32301  850-645-7796
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Open from 10am to 10pm
12pm to 10pm Sundays

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

The Challenger Learning Center is located on the beautiful Kleman Plaza in Downtown Tallahassee.