SARA M. HANSCOM; Education Director at USS Midway

SARA M. HANSCOM; Education Director at USS Midway

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Sara Hanscom commitment to public service is a hallmark of Sara’s over 20-year career, and she has brought high level skills and an infectious enthusiasm aboard Midway.  

Sara earned a B.S. in Education from Wheelock College and a Master of Teaching (MAT) degree in Museum Education from George Washington University.  After interning at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., she went on to develop and manage adult classes and lecture series for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA, where she organized lectures that included such illustrious academics as Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan and James Watson.  

Moving to the west coast, Sara created and directed educational programs for a variety of organizations, including the Zoological Society of San Diego, OASIS (Older Adult Services and Information Systems), North County Community Services and, just prior to joining Midway’s team, Bell Gardens Farm.

When Sara joined the Midway the Education Department consisted of a staff of two (one being Sara), housed in two freshly painted offices with no furniture.  The museum’s curriculum was a blank slate. Eleven years later the Museum proudly operates an education center called Midway University, consisting of two campuses, seven classrooms (including a brand new flight academy), a School Program for students in grades 2 through-high school, a special institute to train teachers on Cold War subjects, and an active youth program that includes the opportunity for youngsters to earn merit badges, participate in leadership programs as well as spend an overnight aboard this dynamic (museum) carrier.  In order to accomplish all this Sara has recruited a creative, innovative, dedicated and passionate staff of Museum Educators and volunteers – They’re simply the very best!

Working closely with the Museum’s Development Department, a robust scholarship program has been developed for San Diego school children to attend Midway’s science, math and social studies hands-on classes.  Thus far this program has distributed more than a $1 million in scholarships to local students and teachers. In 2015 some 55,000 youngsters visited the ship to participate in education programs.

Sara M. Hanscom is honored to serve as the Midway’s Education Director; and she delights in showcasing the integrity and “can-do magic” associated with those who once called the USS Midway their home and workplace.

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