Jennifer Makins is the Director of STEM Education at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, TX where she teaches the 7th & 8th STEM electives, coaches the award winning upper school NASA Rover team, manages the school’s Design Den maker spaces, and coordinates the school’s signature STEM program.  Prior to joining the faculty at Parish, she was the Education Associate for NASA’s Exploration System Mission Directorate (ESMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where she contributed to the strategic management of ESMD’s education portfolio.

 Jennifer has presented at numerous education conferences most recently at the National Association of Independent Schools, represented NASA as a panelist at the 12th annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, and her Masters team paper titled “Space Agencies in Low Income Countries: Effects on Development” was selected for presentation at the 60th International Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, South Korea.  She also is a Master Teacher for the Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Beginning Teacher Institute, has served on accreditation teams for ISAS and the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools, consults for SMU’s Caruth Engineering Education Institute, and USA TODAY Education.  In 2012, she was recognized as one of the Siemen’s Foundation STEM Fellows.  

Jennifer holds a M.A. in International Science & Technology Policy, from The George Washington University Space Policy Institute and a B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include U.S. investment in Human Space Flight, the Teacher in Space Program, and the maker movement and its impact on K-12 education.  In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys running marathons and racing triathlons.

Parish Episcopal School

Parish Episcopal School is a leading co-educational, Pre-K through 12th grade, college preparatory day school serving students of all faiths. Inspired by their values of Wisdom, Honor and Service, Parish Episcopal School's inclusive Episcopal community guides young people to become creative learners and bold leaders prepared to impact our complex global society. More information can be found at our website: