Carla Johns photo
Engagement Manager + Fiske's Telescope Aficionado

At Fiske, Carla wears many hats, including managing the membership program, public programming, marketing strategies, digital communication strategy, website development, and more. She's always trying to find new ways to engage members and attract new visitors by collaborating with a talented team of colleagues to share Fiske’s enriching educational programs, musical and theatrical events, and fulldome shows.

Prior to joining Fiske, Carla was a STEM Informal Science Educator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of NASA’s Museum Alliance, a volunteer membership network of informal science educators at over 600 institutions in the U.S. She brought together a community of volunteers, provided opportunities for professional development, and managed multiple NASA websites. Carla also designed, developed, and delivered planetarium presentations and STEM curriculums for after school programs, science clubs, libraries, camps, and Boy and Girl Scouts troops. In addition to her work at JPL, Carla was a Telescope Demonstrator at Griffith Observatory and a 60-inch and 100-inch Telescope Operator at the historic Mt. Wilson Observatory.

A passion for public outreach and a love of sharing the skies with kids of all ages keeps her involved in the Front Range amateur astronomical community with the Denver Astronomical SocietyNorthern Colorado Astronomical Society, and Rocky Mountain National Park. On a national level, she serves as the Advertising Representative for the Astronomical League’s Reflector magazine and continues her relationship with JPL as a Solar System Ambassador. In 2019, she was honored to be selected for the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP). Check out Chile: Connecting to the Cosmos in the December 2019 issue of the Astronomical League's Reflector magazine.

A lifelong learner, Carla has a Master of Science in Science Education, emphasis Astronomy from Montana State University and a Master of Education in Organizational Development from Colorado State University. She is an adjunct Astronomy professor at Aims Community College.

She enjoys everything her beloved state has to offer, including spending time with family, hiking with her husband and their rescued German Shepherd, camping, traveling to dark sky sites for astronomical observing, and making the summer pilgrimage to Red Rocks amphitheater to hear her favorite band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, in concert.

Go back to staff page.