April Lanotte has been an educator in a variety of middle school, high school, higher education, and informal education settings for over twenty years. Secondary teaching experiences include inner city schools, rural schools, a border town, and places in-between. Currently, April is the Director of Education at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum and is an Instructional Designer supporting NASA Aeronautics and NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorates. Prior to her current positions, she spent two years working with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters as an Einstein Educational Fellow from 2011-2013.
April’s upbringing in a small town in Pennsylvania, and her passion for aeronautics and space science causes her to work to make science more accessible to teachers and students everywhere, particularly in schools and areas where STEM resources can be scarce. With graduate degrees in both Space Science Education and in English, research interests include literacy and STEM as well as rural student attrition rates at larger colleges and universities, and has contributed a STEM Literacy chapter to Best Practices in STEM Education: Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni, Second Edition. Other research and pedagogical interests include space and aeronautics education, as well as inquiry- and project-based-learning. Published aeronautics projects include small unmanned aerial vehicle lessons and activities, an activity guide that focuses on Earth’s atmosphere and human survival at high altitudes, and development of AOPA’s high school aviation curriculum. She has also contributed science content to Challenger Center for Space Science Center and Disney’s Youth Experiences in Science.
April holds a Master of Science in Space Science Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a Master of Arts in English Literature with a Nonfiction Science Writing emphasis from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.