STAFF

Monique Wilson, Director

As Director, Wilson oversees the use of technology at the school including the Digital Dome Classroom, Science on a Sphere and an experiential learning center. She also coordinates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related opportunities for students.

Wilson began her career with Charles County Public Schools in 2001 as a science teacher at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School. She also taught science at Mattawoman and Theodore G. Davis middle schools before accepting a position as an instructional specialist in 2009. In 2010, Wilson was named the STEM Education Coordinator for Charles County Public Schools and was appointed as Director of the Science Center in 2013. Prior to joining Charles County Public Schools, Wilson  taught science at schools in Texas and Ohio.

Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science and Secondary Education from Kent State University, and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from McDaniel College.

Patrick Rowley, Science On a Sphere Facilitator

As Technology Facilitator (or “SphereMaster”), Rowley uses scientific research and data to create visually-appealing, easy to understand, and scientifically-accurate content for the Science On a Sphere and Digital Dome Classroom. He also works with the Science Center team to develop school group and public programming.

Prior to coming to Charles County Public Schools in 2014, Rowley worked at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, developing content and training materials for the entire NOAA Science On a Sphere Network (over 100 exhibits worldwide) as part of the EarthNow project, a NOAA-funded Environmental Literacy Grant. Rowley also has experience working at Nauticus, a maritime science and history museum in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

Rowley has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geology from The College of William and Mary, and a master’s degree in Geosciences: Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.

Jack Belle, Instructional Resource Teacher, Planetarian

As Instructional Resource Teacher, Belle uses a multidisciplinary approach to align presentations and activities at the Science Center with the current Charles County Public Schools curriculum, and to the Next Generation Science Standards. When students visit the Science Center, their daily classroom experience will be enhanced with our out-of-this-world technology.

Belle has been teaching since 1997, starting in King George, Virginia and moving to Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School in Waldorf five years later. He taught General Science and was instrumental in creating the school’s environmental wetlands area. At Brown, Belle’s students dug in the dirt. At the Science Center, students will reach for the stars!

Belle holds a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College and master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University.

Sherrie Gibney, Discovery Lab Facilitator

As Discovery Lab Facilitator, Gibney prepares and presents experiential activities and programs to science center visitors. She develops hands-on learning experiences that allow students to discover and explore, as well as learning opportunities for school and community programs.
Gibney started her education career as a classroom teacher in 2007. She began her teaching in Charles County in a private school, where she taught both fourth and fifth grade. She later moved to CCPS, teaching fourth grade at William A. Diggs Elementary. She also has experience teaching at the college level, teaching for both the College of Southern Maryland and Ashford University.
Gibney holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in Education and Reading from Johns Hopkins University.

Melbourne “Butch” Arbin III, Technology Resource Teacher

As Technology Resource Teacher, Arbin maintains Science Center technology and coordinates field trip logistics for the Science Center. He also works with the Science Center team to develop technology-rich content for the Discovery Lab.

Butch has worked for Charles County Public Schools for over 37 years. Prior to his assignment at the Science Center he served many roles in the Office of Instruction, with primary responsibilities being Instructional Technology and oversight of Engineering and Technology Education. His most recent teaching assignment was as an Aerospace Engineering Instructor at Lackey High School. In addition, he taught the Gateway to Technology (pre-engineering) classes at Mathew Henson Middle School, part of the Project Lead The Way Program.

Arbin holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from University of Maryland College Park and a master’s equivalent from University of Maryland College Park.
Arbin’s recognitions include Maryland Physical Education Teacher of the Year (Maryland Association of Physical Education, Health, Recreation and Dance) and State Physical Educator of the Year (American Association of Physical Education).

Jennifer Lennon, Secretary

Jennifer is the secretary to the director of the Science Center. Jennifer is a Certified Administrative Professional. Along with coordinating field trips from local schools and community groups, Lennon works on marketing for the science center and special events, including our Twitter page.

Prior to coming to the Science Center, she worked at the CCPS Central Office in the Instruction Department with Gifted Education and Staff Development. Before coming to CCPS, Lennon worked for USDA and volunteered with Charles County Public Schools. She was instrumental in creating the Malcolm Elementary Schoolyard Habitat.