Jenn Moore believes the Math and Science Center is an intersection of math, science, and art—bringing students and the community together for exhibitions, hands-on activities, and classroom learning. Moore hopes to make the Math and Science Center a magnet for creativity, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. She hopes to redefine the way people think about, learn about, and interact with science and technology by making science fun for everyone.
Moore comes to the Math and Science Center from the Timberline Field Institute at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville where she taught courses in Natural Resource Management. Having always had a passion for science and teaching, she developed new programs, wrote grants for student driven research, and managed an internship program for students to have hands-on work experience. Previous to her work at the college she was a research hydrologist for the US Geological Survey in Grand Junction. Her educational background is in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University.
In her free time Moore enjoys mountain biking, gardening, reading books, and traveling the world with her husband Jesse and their daughter Madalyn.
Bambi Harmon recently retired from Deluxe Check Printers following 33 years of service. She began looking for a place to volunteer, seeking something she would enjoy doing while also serving others. After nearly two years of coordinating over 50 volunteers at the Math & Science Center as a volunteer herself, Bambi became the Center’s Operations Manager in January, 2011. She also serves as the President of the Grand Junction Gem & Mineral Club and often provides presentations to local organizations as well as to students who visit the Center. Bambi is an ASL Deaf Interpreter and is currently the secretary of her neighborhood Homeowners Association.
Rhonda Woltjer came to the Math and Science Center in 2011. Prior to coming to the center she worked as a receptionist for a concrete construction company, she also has experience in banking and retail. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, walking the dogs, painting, and looks forward to the times she gets to visit with her children and grandchildren who live out of town.
I’ve been involved in educating young students for 16 years. I’m a certified elementary education teacher and am currently enrolled in a master’s program at Colorado Sate University online for their Masters in Natural Sciences Education.
I currently have my dream job as the Education Director of the John McConnell Math and Science Center. I get to teach science to children ranging from pre-k up to 12th grade, but my focus is mostly on k-5th grade students. I get to lead the STEM program at New Emerson Elementary, which is the STEM strand school for District 51. In addition to teaching STEM, I write curriculum for our Science Kits that get sent out to every single elementary school in the district. These kits include complete lesson plans, science materials and integrated literature selections.
I also get to work with a group of college students that we employ to teach our camps, outreaches, and after school programs. So not only do I get to teach young kids about science, I also mentor college students on how to become better teachers. It’s a really fun job.
Aside from teaching, I enjoy staying fit, hiking, and hanging out with my family. I am married to a beautiful woman, and we have one son, Brody, aged 7, and one more on the way. Our new son’s name is named Luke, after the famous Skywalker. I actually can’t believe my wife agreed with me on it, but it really is one of only a few Star Wars names that would be considered “normal”.
Hi! My name is Angeline Barrett; everyone calls me Ann. For many years I worked as a landscape designer then I owned and operated a local garden center. I met John and Audrey McConnell when I helped design a native landscape for their new home. I have been fascinated by their idea of teaching science to children, so I told them I wanted to volunteers and love to see them interact with the kids we serve. I feel it is so important to our organization and am proud to be able to help.
Hello, my name is Tom Nelson. The John McConnell Math and Science Center has been part of my life since its very early days. Back in 2000, as a student at the New Emerson Elementary School, the Math and Science Center and its founder John McConnell helped to spark a lifelong passion for learning. Now, as a graduate of Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Business Management and a certification in data systems, I’m thrilled to be a part of this incredible organization and look forward to its future.
Hello! I am Makayla McMullen I am from Littleton Colorado, and am currently attending Colorado Mesa University to get my degree in Elementary education! I cannot wait to be a teacher and I feel so lucky to have received this job! I love working with kids and helping them enjoy school as much as I do! Working here is a great experience, and I love watching how excited the kids get when we show up with cool science experiments. Math and science have always been my favorite subjects so getting to share my enjoyment with the kids is just like cherries on top of ice cream! (Which I love, along with pizza.) While I’m not here having a blast I’m usually out with my friends enjoying the beauty of Grand Junction!
Hello! My name is Mariah Hartle and I am a currently a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. I am currently majoring in Environmental Science, and minoring in Public Health. I am a Grand Junction, Colorado native and have always had a passion for teaching kids and introducing them to the wonders of science. My love for the environment started with the my love of the outdoor, including skiing, backpacking, and rafting.
Hello! I will be a Sophomore Engineering Management Major at Gonzaga University this year. I am so excited about working at the John McConnell Math and Science Center and hope to spread my love of math and science with all the children that walk through the Center doors. In my free time I also enjoys competing in triathlons and playing with my 3-year-old brother, Andrew.
My name is Nolan, I’m from Hemet, California, and I’m a biology major at CMU. I love working with students, so I plan on teaching high school after I graduate. My passions in life include fishing, hiking, science, and watching movie.
I am a computer science major and a math minor at Colorado Mesa University. Contrary to the stereotype of my degree, I love being outside and doing fun activities such as riding my bike, snowboarding, and rock climbing. I also enjoy cat naps and hope to continue growing my extensive VHS collection throughout my life. Don't be surprised if I become a competitive eater in the future, right now it is just a hobby but I am very passionate.
I grew up in Hotchkiss, Colorado, and am studying mechanical engineering. I enjoy working with electronics during the week and mountain biking on the weekends. I hope to continue learning and possibly get into teaching.