After short careers in the United States Air Force and UPS, Bev Berekian went to college and received both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Geological Science. An unexpected opportunity to teach at Community College led her back to the world of education. Bev continued her education and received a California Teaching Credential in Geoscience. Since then, she has taught 8 years High School Earth Science, 5 years Middle School and approximately 15 years teaching Community College. Bev developed a love for space science in the summer of 2010 when she began working with NASA’s AERO Institute in Palmdale, California teaching the pre-service Teacher Institute. She later became a NASA AREE Ambassador, Space Center Houston SEEC Teacher Crew Member, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador for SOFIA, and Space Foundation International Teacher Liaison.
Bev believes that space and space exploration are the future of humanity and it is our responsibility as educators to prepare our students to work in such an environment. Whether they learn a trade, become engineers, accountants, doctors and even geologists, knowing that the future will see humans as being the first interplanetary species will prepare them for the evolving world in which we live. Making STEM and STEM activities accessible to ALL students, so that ALL can be prepared has been a passion of mine since Bev began her teaching career.