Jon Amundsen has over sixteen years of teaching experience in Nebraska and currently teaches seventh grade Science at Bluffs Middle School in Scottsbluff. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master of Arts in Elementary Administration from Chadron State College. Jon’s passion for Space Science led him to Huntsville, Alabama where he participated in Space Camp for Educators in 2009. Jon was later selected to serve as a Nebraska Space Ambassador where he has served in this role for five years. He has participated in numerous professional development opportunities including NSTA Conferences, SEEC Conferences, and excursions to Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Center and Armstrong Flight Research Center. Through these experiences, Jon has had the opportunity to teach an Exploratory Space class and After School Robotics/Rocketry Club at Bluffs Middle School. He has served over 100 students in the Panhandle through Summer Space Camps and presenting Rocketry Workshops at Camp Scott, a Summer Program that provides social and recreational activities for developmentally disabled children and adolescents, ages 7-21.
Jon encourages and impacts other Science Educators by teaching workshops for ESU 13 and presenting at Space Port Area Conference for Educators.
Along with his teaching assignment, Jon coaches middle school football and basketball earning Western Conference Middle School Coach of the Year in 2017. Currently, Jon lives in Scottsbluff, Nebraska with his wife, Deirdre and their three children, Riley, Landon and Chloe. He enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with family.