Jenn Moore believes Eureka! 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 Eureka! 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 Eureka! 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 daughters Madalyn and Acadia.
Bree joined Eureka! in July 2017 as the Education Director. She is excited to have the opportunity to combine her program development experience with her passion for experiential learning in the outdoors. Bree is looking forward to creating meaningful learning opportunities that will engage current and new participants in STEAM programs throughout Mesa County and beyond. She hopes that through offering a variety of educational programs, Eureka! will have something for everyone and that participants will gain a better understanding of the world around them.
Prior to coming to Eureka!, Bree was involved with recreation program development for the City of Fruita, the Town of Breckenridge, and the City of Loveland Recreation Departments. Through these experiences, she created and maintained partnerships with outside organizations to offer a variety of programs ranging from state licensed summer day camps to afterschool programs to outdoor education camps to special events, she worked with stakeholders to create and implement new programs that met the community’s needs, and she worked with the Keystone Science Center to implement a county-wide after-school initiative in Breckenridge. Bree holds a Colorado K-12 Physical Education teaching license, a Master’s Degree in Outdoor Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.
In her free time, Bree enjoys trail running, hiking, ice hockey, stand up paddle boarding, skiing (water, tele, and cross country), photography, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband Jon, sons Emmett & Austen, and their dog, Cisco.
Tom Nelson joined Eureka! in April 2016. In the early days of the Math and Science Center, he was among John McConnell's earliest students, and was inspired at an early age to study, tinker, take things apart, and put them back together. Now, after earning his B.A. in Business Administration and certification in data systems from Colorado Mesa University, Tom is proud to be part of the Eureka! team, working to inspire a passion for learning just as John McConnell inspired in him, and to continue to build the legacy that has become the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum.
Christina joined Eureka! in August 2018 as the STEAM instructor. She is originally from the Philadelphia area, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College. After graduating, she moved to New York City for graduate school, and became a member of the first graduating class of the Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science program at The American Museum of Natural History. All of her formal training as a science teacher was completed at this world renowned science museum, and taught by the museum’s curators and educational experts.
Following graduate school, Christina taught Earth Science to 10th graders at a high school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for 2 years. And, then spent 2 years teaching general science at an all-girls public charter middle school in the South Bronx. In the summer of 2017, she journeyed across the Atlantic to work at The American School of Tangier in Morocco, where she taught middle school science and coached elementary science.
Christina is so excited to have moved to Grand Junction and joined the Eureka! team, where she hopes to help grow the educational programs. In her free time she likes hiking, trail running, gardening, cooking, and traveling with her husband, Kishan.
Hi! My name is Cheyenne and I am so excited to be working at EUREKA! this summer sharing my love of science and exploration with people of all ages! I recently graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from Colorado Mesa University where I worked as a Peer Coach, Student Ambassador and Outdoor Trip Initiator. I was born and raised in Oregon but after four years, Colorado is my new home. I love all the opportunity for outdoor recreation including ice/rock climbing, rafting, skiing, backpacking and canyoneering.
My name is Vonnie Davis and I have graduated in 2011 from CMU with a degree in sociology. I have many years of experience working with kids and enjoy the different experiences each child brings. In my down time I love reading, going to the movies, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. I am happy to be a part of the EUREKA! staff and getting the chance to meet new people.
Hello! My name is Maeve Bowdish, I recently moved to Grand Junction from Northern New York, where I was born and raised. It is also the location of my alma mater, St. Lawrence University, where I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. During my undergraduate career I was fortunate enough to travel to Iceland, New Zealand and several locations throughout the U.S. to study the local geology. I am very excited to bring my knowledge in the earth sciences as well as my enthusiasm for learning to EUREKA! as an Assistant Instructor during the spring and summer of 2019!
Hey! My name is Rachael Helvoigt, I recently graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in general engineering. I grew up in Durango CO and loved living there as it allowed for many opportunities for adventure; But I am so excited to be living in Grand Junction now as it provides even more opportunities for exploration. In my free time I enjoy experiencing new things, going on adventures, and building things. It usually ends up being Lego's or some variation of building kits, but I’m open to any kind of tinkering challenge. I’m so excited to get to work at EUREKA! every day, and share my love of learning and discovery with kids, since I often feel like I’m one myself, just a bit taller.
Hello! I am currently a sophomore at CMU majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Chemistry. I loved coming to the Math and Science Center as a child and I am excited to pass that love on to the next generation! I have a passion for medicine and I plan on pursuing a future career in the medical field. In my free time I enjoy reading, road trips, and my two cats.
Hi! I'm a student at Colorado Mesa University and I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I enjoy art, math, science and being around kids. I can't wait to inspire children about these things I'm passionate in.
Hello! I currently attend CMU, I am a first generation college student, and am studying human resources, business. I am a local product of Grand Junction, I graduated from GJHS, I am fluent in Spanish, and I am 18. I spent my youth going to the MASC for school field trips. I am a student athlete with the track and field team at CMU (hammer throw). I have also coached for Mesa County Junior Football for 5 years, and played for 13 years. I love working with children. I love watching their character grow. My work through football and here at MASC has helped them progress in life; I value academics, because athletics can only go so far. Your brain can take you anywhere. The kids are our future, so they require all of the resources to succeed. Every child needs an outside role model; I hope that myself, and my co-workers, can be those role models for your children. I love awful jokes, football and basketball. My favorite teams are the Steelers and the Bulls.
Hello! My name is Meghan Beale. I am currently a senior at CMU studying elementary education. Teaching is something I have always wanted to do and I am so excited to teach with EUREKA! and learn more about education every day!
I was born in Grand Junction and have lived on the Western Slope for most of my life. As an Environmental Science Major at CMU, I enjoy spending my time exploring the outdoors through hiking and mountain biking. I am passionate about providing a fun learning experience in and out of the classroom. I live by the “Work Hard, Be Nice” motto
Hello! I am a sophomore at Colorado Mesa University and I am majoring in Environmental Science. I am an outdoor enthusiast and love learning about our environment! I enjoy hiking, biking, climbing, hanging out with friends and family, and working with kids. My favorite part about this job is sharing my passion with kids and being a part of their educational experience!
Good morning/afternoon/night! My name is Jose Alejandro, or Alex, Ceballos. I am a passionate, caring young man who just graduated high school. I will also be a first generation college student in the fall; for now, however, I am super excited to be working with all the kids this summer and planting the seed for their ultimate growth in math and science! Some of my interests include fitness and nutrition, self-improvement books, music, and clash royale! Kids are not the future; they are the present. I will be caring and investing in them as I would want someone else to do for my kids.
Hi! I am currently attending CMU to earn my bachelor's degree in english/secondary education with a minor in philosophy. My passion is children and I love helping them find whatever their passion is in life! I love learning and hope to show kids everywhere how fun learning is! Whenever I'm not working or going to school you could find me reading, hammocking, doing yoga or watching The Office.
Hello! My name is Susan, and I am a senior at CMU studying English Secondary Teaching. I’ve worked with kids for years, and I have the privilege of student teaching in District 51. I am excited to teach a variety of summer camps this summer and prepare for my career as a teacher.
Hello! I grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. I am currently working towards a degree in statistics with a minor in dance at Colorado Mesa University. I love being outside, dancing, hanging out with friends and family. I am super excited to both learn and teach in my time here.
I'm Regina Martin, and I've lived in Grand Junction for about four years. I'm a freshman at Colorado Mesa University majoring in Biology and minoring in Botany. When I'm not stuck in the library, I love hanging in the outdoors; hiking, mountain biking, camping, rock climbing, the works! I'm so excited to teach camps, and learn from my experiences here at Eureka!.
Hello! I am a sophomore mechanical engineering student at Colorado Mesa University. Outside of school and Eureka!, I enjoy hiking, biking, and rock climbing. I'm excited to show the amazing phenomenons that math and science has to offer!
Hi! I’m Chris, and I’m currently studying biochemistry at CMU. I also work as a tutor during the fall and spring semesters. After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I plan to go to graduate school and do research on Type I Diabetes. In my free time I enjoy watching movies, reading, drinking coffee, and getting outside with my dog, Kona (she is a very encouraging coach for my disk-golfing, and makes sure to bring back the disc every time so I can try my throw again). I also like attending any sort of live music events, although jazz is a personal favorite, and pretending to be a musician myself (but I only subject Kona to having to listen to me).
Hello! I am currently a junior in the CMU/CU mechanical engineering program here at CMU. I am originally from Colorado Springs and came here for school. I am very passionate at getting more young girls interested in pursuing STEAM careers, which I am excited to do here at Eureka!. I am excited to show kids how fun and exciting STEAM can be. In my free time you can find me out on the trails going for runs, in the yoga studio, or snuggled up at home with a good book.
Hello! I am from Erie, Colorado. I am currently working towards a degree in biology/secondary education. I enjoy hiking, skiing, swimming, and music. I am also an avid baker and dream of traveling the world. Working with kids is a passion of mine, no matter the age. I look forward to both learning and teaching children, not only here but in the future as well!