MAPS Education Mentoring Network

If you are starting out in the planetarium field or have recently moved to a new facility with unfamiliar equipment or curriculum, and have questions for a fellow educator, technician, or coordinator, our mentors can help. Our field tends to be a specialty in which one often finds oneself operating single handedly without the benefit of immediate consultation with a colleague facing the same challenges.

As our organization gains new members, we feel the Education Mentoring Network will serve a vital function. Unlike education mentors that are assigned, you are free to consult with any of our mentors. We are a voluntary pool of professionals willing to assist.

Below is a list of Planetarium Professionals that have been in the planetarium field a minimum of 5 years and are current MAPS members. Those listed are willing to field any calls for advice on curriculum, technology and planetarium related concerns. Please avail yourself of this mentor service by calling any of the mentors listed. We agree that the only bad question is the one not asked. No queries will be considered too minor. If we can’t help, we will point out other resources and individuals that can.

We are always looking for more volunteer mentors. Complete the form at the bottom of this page to apply to be a MAPS Mentor today!

Click a point on the map below for more information on each mentor or refer to the tables below the map

Maine

Name

Facility

Specialty

Email

Telephone

John MeaderNorthern Stars Planetarium
Website | Facebook
Large and Small portable planetariainfo@northern-stars.com207-453-7668

New York

Name

Facility

Specialty

Email

Telephone

Linda DavisSayville Middle SchoolGOTO VenusLDavis@sayvilleschools.org
Linda@davisscience.com
Megan NorrisSuits-Bueche Planetarium; miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum)
Website | Facebook Page
Education & Planetarium Manager, GOTO Chronosmegan.norris@misci.org518-382-7890 ext. 227
Thomas HamiltonHOS Planetarium
JPL Small-Body Database Browser | Books by Thomas Wm. Hamilton | Hamilton Planetarium Scholarship Fund
Multiple Modelstham153@hotmail.com718-727-1967
Paul Krupinski
LinkedIn Profile
Mr. K.’s Mobile Dome Planetarium
Website | Facebook Page
Strasenburgh Planetarium
Website
Director/Owner and School Show, Public Star and Laser Show Presenter, Larger Format Motion Picture Projectionistmobiledome1993@earthlink.net716-629-8766
716-908-1341

Rhode Island

Name

Facility

Specialty

Email

Telephone

Francine Jackson
LinkedIn Profile
Astronomy Educator

New Jersey

Name

Facility

Specialty

Email

Telephone

Keith JohnsonEdelman Planetarium, Rowan University
Website
Retiredjohnsonk@rowan.edu856-332-7173
Bill McClain
Linkedin
Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College
Website | Facebook Page
Planetarium Associate and technician. Sky (DS2) and laser (Pangolin) show production/presentation. Audio mixing/mastering (stereo and surround), General troubleshooting and repair.wmcclain@raritanval.edu908-231-8805

Pennsylvania

Name

Facility

Specialty

Email

Telephone

Mike Smith (a.k.a. Cosmic Mike®)
LinkedIn Profile | Facebook
North Museum Planetarium, The North Museum of Natural History & Science
Website | Facebook Page
Senior Astronomy Educator, Planetarium Director, Spitz AP4, Spitz SciDome XD Touch, ePlanetarium Mirror Dome projection systemcosmicmike@northmuseum.org717-291-3941

Maryland

Name

Facility

Specialty

Email

Telephone

Patty Seaton
LinkedIn Profile
Howard B. Owens Science Center
Website
ECCS/Sky-Skanpxts13@yahoo.com

Virginia

Name

Facility

Specialty

Email

Telephone

Lee Ann HenningThomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Website | Facebook Page
School Planetarium Director, Spitz AP3lahennig@fcps.edu703-750-8380

Regional

Name

Facility

Specialty

Email

Telephone

Steve Russo
LinkedIn Profile
East Kentucky Science Center and Planetarium
Website | Facebook Page
Science Center and Planetarium Directorsrltts@suddenlink.net606-889-4809 or 518-727-2039
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