EPDC Education Specialist
NASA Ames Research Center
Sara Lisa Garcia-Torres serves as an EPD Specialist at NASA Ames Research Center. Previously she worked as an Education Specialist at Texas State University. Her experience includes working in public schools for 16 years as a bilingual and inclusion teacher, Gifted & Talented Facilitator, and as STEM teacher. Sara works with educators, families, and community members to support STEM efforts in public schools, homes, and communities. She has been awarded several local grants and recognitions. Among them, a grant for utilizing green spaces at public elementary schools to begin a science outdoor classroom. Sara was recognized by her peers earning a Teacher of the Year award and receiving a national White House Initiative on Educational recognition. Her research interests include STEM education, both the delivery to underrepresented students (K-20), and culturally relevant preparation of teachers through traditional and non-traditional methods. She currently is pursuing Ph.D. studies at Texas State University. Sara holds degrees from Texas State University (MEd), and the University of Texas at San Antonio (BA).