As a secondary school teacher, Tara Clopper has taught Earth Science, Astronomy and was the NASA Explorer School team lead from 2003-07.
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Greencastle-Antrim School District
Ms. Tara Clopper is a high school science teacher from Greencastle-Antrim High School, in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Ms. Clopper is currently a teacher-on-loan to GSFC’s Office of Education, serving as a liaison to the Heliophysics, Planetary and Astrophysics Division. While serving in this position, Ms. Clopper has been integral in forming strong partnerships with Science Mission Directorate scientists and its EPO staff. She has also led teacher professional development, on-site student visits and hosted numerous DLN events to students across the United States. As a secondary school teacher, she has taught Earth Science, Astronomy, and Women In Science courses. Ms. Clopper was the NASA Explorer School team lead from 2003-07. She has coordinated numerous teacher professional development sessions and summer science camps, and assisted in the integration of science into the lower grades of her school district. Most notably Ms. Clopper formed a “Girls in Science” after-school program that encouraged girls to pursue science throughout their middle and high school years. Ms. Clopper also serves on many local and state science and technology education boards and has accepted several education recognition awards for teaching excellence.