Paige Graff

paige-graffPaige Valderrama Graff was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; a Master’s Degree in Multicultural/Bilingual Education from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; and a Masters of Education in Earth Sciences from Penn State University, World Campus. Paige was a middle school teacher for 11 years in Nogales, Arizona, on the border of Arizona and Mexico. Since 2001 she has been involved with creating NASA Education Programs, curriculum, and opportunities that bring authentic science experiences to the classroom. This includes facilitating “live” webinars that connect and enable interactions between scientists and classrooms across the nation. Currently, she is the Jacobs JETS contractor lead for the Science Education and Communications within NASA’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division. Her work involves sharing, communicating, and actively involving students, teachers, and the public with science being facilitated within the ARES Division, as well as programs such as Expedition Earth and Beyond (EEAB), the Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Program, NASA Discovery/New Frontiers Mission Outreach, ComsoQuest Virtual Research Facility, and Imagine Mars. Her ongoing passion to provide powerful, unique, and Standards-aligned educational opportunities for students and their teachers allows for her love of teaching, learning, and exploration to meld together.