Paulo Oemig at the National Air and Space Museum with his two sons, Ronan and Liam. The Discovery Shuttle is in the background. Credit: Paulo Oemig
Paulo Oemig, an NMSU doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction, is featured on the NASA Educators website. Paulo is on assignment as an Einstein Fellow with NASA’s Office of Education at Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Headquarters. The Einstein Educator Fellowship Program, signed into law by Congress in November 1994, provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to serve at the national education level.
Prior to becoming an Einstein Fellow, Paulo taught eighth-grade physical science in the Las Cruces Public Schools District at Zia Middle School in Las Cruces, N.M. and has been the adviser and coach to after-school programs such as Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA); Science Olympiad; New Mexico Best Robotics; Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically); and Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA). All these programs share the objective to provide students field trips, speakers, academic competitions, and curricula enriched by scientific design, problem-solving and systems modeling.