Top executives continue to land at Space Center Houston. The educationally focused nonprofit’s latest management addition is Daniel Newmyer, a nationally awarded space science educator and business owner appointed as the new director of education.
Newmyer is a seasoned educator with approximately 20 years combined in formal and informal education and 20 years of business leadership and project management experience. Newmyer will lead the center’s interactive educational programs attended by more than 100,000 educators and students annually from around the world.
“Daniel is a dynamic visionary in education who has been connecting students with innovation, creative thinking and problem-solving skills for more than a decade,” said Tracy Lamm, chief operating officer of the nonprofit. “With his hands-on teaching experience and extensive knowledge in research-based education practices, the center’s growing educational programs will empower students and educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
His tremendous academic experience most recently includes serving as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow in the Office of Education for NASA Headquarters and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In that role, Newmyer led the development and implementation of NASA Goddard Mission’s Educational Moment Opportunities for STEM and informal Student Leadership Forums for kindergarten through 12th grade. He also delivered educator professional development programs to Maryland Master Educators and an informal science lesson at the White House.
Newmyer was a secondary math and science teacher at Center (Colorado) Consolidated School District where he designed engaging curriculum and implemented award-winning scientific research and informal STEM-based programs.
In his career, Newmyer managed business operations and water development projects as president of NWP Drilling and Consulting, LLC. He also partnered with organizations to offer training to local people in Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Tanzania, Nigeria and Mozambique on groundwater and community development. He created and taught a weeklong course at his company’s home site to teach people how to do humanitarian water projects.
“My philosophy in education is to meet people where they are and empower them through discovery to change the world around them,” Newmyer said.
Newmyer received the national 2013 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, which is given annually to recognize creative and innovative use of technology by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel. He was named a Society for Science and the Public Fellow in 2009, a Siemens STEM Institute Fellow in 2011, Lockheed Martin Science Teacher of the Year in 2011 and Colorado Parks and Wildlife 2012 Wildlife Educator Facilitator of the Year.
He holds a master’s of education with honors and an emphasis on leadership and space science from Regis University in Denver, Colorado; a bachelor’s of science in business administration with a finance emphasis on entrepreneurship and international business from the University of Colorado in Boulder; and an associate of applied science in water well technology from Trinidad State Junior College in Alamosa, Colorado. Newmyer earned a professional teacher’s license from Colorado and is currently studying through Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, National Capital Region in Arlington, Virginia, for certification as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.
The next landmark event at Space Center Houston is the Jan. 23 opening of Independence Plaza, a multi-exhibit complex featuring a full-scale shuttle replica on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft. The eight-story-tall complex will open as the only exhibit of its kind in the world with educational displays focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information about Space Center Houston, visit spacecenter.org.