About the Astroteacher

The Astroteacher is Brian Kruse, science educator, geologist, astronomer, birder, photographer, poet.

He lives in San Francisco, California where he is the Director of the Teacher Learning Center and Formal Education Programs at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, where he manages and coordinates a suite of programs, including the Project ASTRO National Network, San Francisco Bay Area Project ASTRO, the NASA Galileo Educator Network and Galileo Teacher Training Program, and the Astronomy Behind the Headlines series of podcasts. He also edits the online newsletter for teachers The Universe in the Classroom.  In addition, Kruse writes the Education Matters column for Mercury magazine, a quarterly publication of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

A veteran classroom teacher, Kruse has taught middle school earth science and physical science, and high school physics, earth science, physical science and integrated science. He served for three years as a coordinator for the NASA Explorer Schools project at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Kruse holds a B.S. in Geology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and a M.S. in Aviation and Space Science from Oklahoma State University. He currently holds a California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physics, Geosciences, and Biological Sciences. He is particularly interested in how people learn and creating opportunities for teachers to incorporate more inquiry-based learning in their classrooms.

In addition to work and play, Kruse is currently serving as the Region F Director for NSELA, the National Science Education Leadership Association, and on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers.

When not working he is often found hiking, birding, or looking through his telescopes at the night sky.

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You can find him on Twitter at @astroteacherm8; and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pub/brian-kruse/8/488/271/

Learn more about the programs he manages at http://www.astrosociety.org

 

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