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A Carey Sperling
NES Team Leader
Jim Bridger Middle School
North Las Vegas, Nevada

Personal Data:        
Born September 17th, 1968 and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from SUNY Stony Brook, I left New York for Nevada where there were plenty of science teaching opportunities and that’s where I’ve been ever since. I live in North Las Vegas with my brother Mitchell and my 2 cats, Aussie and Rocky.


  • Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY – AS Natural Science
  • SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY – BS Earth Science and Broadcasting
  • SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY – MAT Planetary Science
  • UNLV, Las Vegas, Nevada – Continuing Education in Technology

Organizations:         Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Counselor (2000 – Present), People to People Delegation Leader (2006 – Present), FMF MTP Alumni (2003 – Present), NASA NES Team Leader (2003 – Present), NSTA member (1996 – Present), CCSD Science Leadership Cadre (2003-2004)

Special Honors:        

  • Nominated for the Disney American Teacher’s Award (2000-2002)
  • Fulbright Memorial Fund MTP Grant recipient (2003)
  • CCSD Science Leadership Cadre Member (2002-2004)
  • CCSD RAVE Review Award (2005)

I began teaching at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in 1992 as an instructor for the Space Academy and Aviation Challenge Programs. It was there that I discovered a desire to teach. I returned to college and obtained degree in Planetary Science Education (Earth Science with a twist). I was recruited in NYC at the World Trade Center tot each in Las Vegas where I’ve been ever since. In addition to teaching, I coach the Future City Competition and Bridge Building Competition each year. I was the advisor for the Travel Club from 1999 – 2001 when the district temporarily banned travel beyond Clark County.

NASA Experience:        
I was employed at the US Space and Rocket Center as an instructor for the Space Academy and Aviation Challenge Programs for a year. After that I returned to school. NES Team Leader is the only other NASA experience I have, but I include all of the conferences and programs I’ve attended through NES under that umbrella. I am presently applying for a position as a Teacher Liaison for the Space Foundation.

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