Wings Over The Rockies Hires New Director Of Education

April Lanotte joins Wings with more than two decades of teaching and aerospace education experience. Image Credit: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

June 13, 2017 – Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (Wings), Colorado’s Official Air & Space Museum, today announced the addition of April Lanotte as Director of Education.

Lanotte brings more than twenty years of teaching and supervisory education experience to the position. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Science Education, from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Masters in English Literature from Colorado State University. In addition to her impressive academic record, Lanotte is a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison and Instructional Designer for NASA Aeronautics and Space Technologies.

Prior to joining the museum, Lanotte worked as a Senior Instructor/Master Teacher at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs teaching STEM literacy, project based instruction and more. During her professional career, Lanotte has served as the activity guide developer for NASA’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) activity series and spent two years as an Einstein Educational Fellow at NASA HQ.

In her new position, Lanotte will be responsible for actively managing Wings Aerospace Academy, a charter program for students in grades 6-10 that focuses on cultivating Colorado’s future aerospace leaders. She will also tackle various museum outreach initiatives helping to stamp Wings as one of Colorado’s premier aerospace assets.

“As a key resource in the education of Colorado’s future aerospace leaders, we are proud to welcome April,” explained Wings’ president and CEO, Maj Gen John L. Barry (Ret). “Her incredible academic history coupled with a contagious passion for aviation and space will allow her to make an instant impact on our museum community.”

“Getting young people on track to pursue a career in aviation or space is an intense passion of mine,” stated Lanotte. “Our Wings Aerospace Academy program has the potential become one of Colorado’s crown jewels in the fight to combat industry employment shortages.”