Jon Hutman is an Ohio native who presently resides in Phoenix, Arizona where he teaches 5th grade Science and AP Environmental Science at BASIS Mesa. He attended Wright State University near Dayton, Ohio and earned both a Bachelor and Master degree in middle grades science. Jon’s passion for flight and space exploration started in his early childhood and has only grown throughout his adult life. After moving to Arizona, Jon quickly found numerous ways to utilize NASA resources in his classroom. Jon has participated in NASA workshops and professional development activities at Kennedy Space Center, Arizona State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Kitt Peak, and the University of Arizona.
During the summer of 2009, Jon was awarded a scholarship to attend Honeywell’s Space Camp for educators in Huntsville, Alabama. The high quality and practical trainings from Space Camp inspired Jon to develop a “Family Space Night” program in his school district. Family Space Night is a combination of local astronomy clubs, STEM challenges, NASA guests, current mission updates, and countless hands on activities for hundreds of guests annually. Jon also facilitates the development of Space Night events at other schools within his school district.
Jon’s goal is to provide students with an opportunity to see and feel what a STEM based career with NASA could eventually become. By using the engineering design process, students simulate NASA related objectives and missions in the classroom and beyond. In pursuit to inspire the next generation of space explorers, Jon has been recognized as the 2010 Kyrene School District Teacher of the Year and the 2011 Tempe Diablo’s Excellence in Education Inspirational award winner.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known
- Carl Sagan