Aspen Science Center

David Heil, President, is known as an innovative science educator, new enterprise developer, lecturer, author and host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS science series Newton’s Apple. He was the lead author of the award-winning elementary science curriculumDiscover the Wonder, editor of the popular bookFamily Science, and co-authored Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide. More recently, he co-developed SEEDS Supporting Early Engagement and Development in STEM for PreK learners and their care-givers. Prior to establishing his consulting business in science education, evaluation, and non-profit business planning and development in 1996, David was affiliated with the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry for 13 years, serving as Associate Director from 1988–1996. While at OMSI, David initiated and administered many of the museum’s nationally recognized education and outreach programs and developed hands-on exhibits for national tour. David has also taught science and enrichment programs in grades 7-12, conducted research in plant biochemistry and radiochemistry, and worked for five years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He is a past member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Public Understanding of Science, is the past Director of Informal Science Education for the National Science Teachers Association, served on the Board of Directors of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and the Keystone Center.  Currently he serves as Treasurer and is a Founding Board member of the Aspen Science Center.



Annie Bell, ASC Contract Educator, has enjoyed working with children in the Roaring Fork Valley for many years. For the past 3 years she has worked in the Roaring Fork School District’s Early Childhood Program and is currently at Crystal River Elementary School. Prior to joining the RFSD she owned and operated Spring Valley Child Care, caring for children from 2 months to 12 years of age. She has also served as Program Manager for Beyond the Bell’s after-school enrichment and Summer Camp programs and has been an instructor for the Glenwood Springs Center the Arts, the Carbondale Council for the Arts & Humanities, the Professional Photography Program at Colorado Mountain College, and as a workshop assistant in the Summer Photography Program at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. When she is not teaching, she enjoys digital marketing, web design, and analytics. Annie received a BFA in Photography, Film and Animation, from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She lives in Spring Valley, outside of Glenwood Springs, with her husband and 2 daughters.

Katie Jo Frank, ASC Contract Educator, is a passionate educator dedicated to providing high quality STEM education to youth in the Roaring Fork Valley and currently teaches fourth grade at Glenwood Springs Elementary.  Prior to this, she taught 6th grade computer science, STEAM, robotics, and facilitated the Gifted and Talented program at Denver School of Science and Technology. Prior to teaching at DSST, Katie taught and developed curriculum for grades 3-8 for OpenWorld Learning, a Denver-area non-profit.  Her specialty is using creativity and research-based strategies to create rigorous, innovative and engaging project-based programs that promote problem solving, imagination and design-oriented thinking. Katie earned a BFA from Colorado State University with a concentration in graphic design and following graduation spent 8 years in Aspen working for the Aspen Times and Aspen Daily News as a Web/IT Manager.  Today she still does freelance graphic design work, living in Glenwood Springs and spending as much of her free time as possible mountain biking, crafting, and creating.