About Starry Sky Austin

Our Mission

Starry Sky Austin provides astronomy classes for kids and adults. Using hands-on activities, experiential lessons and small group instruction, we inspire people to become lifelong learners, grow in awareness of our place in the universe, and truly connect with the cosmos. We are available for public daytime and nighttime events too!

Our Team

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Amy Jackson

Founder/Director/Educator

Amy is the founder and director of Starry Sky Austin. She loves the stars and hopes to inspire others to learn about them and love them as much as she does!

Amy attended the University of Houston where she earned her Bachelor of Physics. There she learned about astronomy and helped to re-open the University of Houston observatory. After graduating from UH she attended Rice University and graduated with a Master of Science Teaching degree and her Texas Teaching Certificate in Science grades 4-8. She has taught at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, in private and public schools and informally. Also a mother of 3, she has spent the past 8 years following her love of the night sky by inspiring Austin and the surrounding communities through teaching informal astronomy classes. She is author of a published children’s book “Cassandra and the Night Sky“, a new star story she wrote and her mother illustrated to inspire children to look up a the stars and wonder. She traveled to Chile to visit the world’s largest telescopes as an 2017 ACEAP ambassador in NRAO’s and NOAO’s Astronomy in Chile  Educator Ambassador Program.  She is currently employed as an astronomy educator at Travis County Milton Reimers Ranch Reimers Observatory and Austin Independent School District.

Teaching Experience: Grades 6-12 Science and Math; Houston Museum of Natural Science Astronomy Dept. ; LCRA Hyatt Lost Pines Resort Stargazing ; first Austin Planetarium AstroCamp; Austin Nature and Science Center School Programs; UT Informal Classes; Starry Sky Austin

Volunteer Experience: Project Astro, AISD; LBJ Wildflower Center Nature Nights; Girls Scouts of America Lone Star Chapter; Texas chapter of the International Dark Sky Association

Member: Astronomy Society of the Pacific, International Dark Sky Association, Austin Astronomical Society, Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin, Astronomers Without Borders, American Association of Variable Star Observers

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Lucia Brimer

Astronomy Educator

Lucia Brimer has over 20 years experience teaching astronomy, physics and other sciences to students of all ages, both children and adults.  Along with teaching child and adult stargazing classes for Starry Sky Austin, Lucia is also the Mobile Education Manager for the Texas Museum of Science & Technology in Cedar Park, where she has run the mobile planetarium program since 2010.

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