by Sage Verdi, Intern for the Education Foundation
Ann Over (pictured with her granddaughter) works at NASA on a project called Orion. More specifically, she is the deputy manager in the European Service Module Integration Office, an effort that sends next astronauts beyond the moon. She is married and has three children who are Berea Schools graduates and are now in college. Two of her children are working on PhD's and one is a freshman. All three children are pursuing science and engineering degrees. Ann has one granddaughter and one dog who are both almost two years old and keep her very busy.
Ann became an Education Foundation trustee because she is a graduate of Berea City Schools and and a strong believe in good education supplemented by enrichment activities. She was asked by her family friend Eileen Herold, to join the Education Foundation team and happily accepted.
Ann was on the first committee to organize and distribute enrichment grants. She believes this to be one of the most significant things she has done as a trustee because she was able to use the fundraiser to pour resources back into the schools by sponsoring inspired teachers and educators, who in turn, made a positive impact on the children.
In Ann's 33 years at NASA, she found that being "book smart" is critical, but not sufficient for success. She says the real world is about people , their personal commitment, and how they achieve goals while working with others. She thinks the Education Foundation embodies and rewards this type of positive spirit and enhances achievement potential both inside and outside the classroom.
The Education Foundation is fortunate to have Ann as a trustee!