Challenger Learning Center Staff

Program Scheduling and Support

Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West
4955 Seaman Road
Oregon, Ohio 43616
(419) 725-5926 (Office)
(419) 245-6201 (Fax)
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Meet our Interactive Science Specialist Team! 
Maureen Davis
Davis, Maureen
Interactive Science Specialist
Maureen Davis, is an Interactive Science Specialist and a Certified Vision Screener for preschool children.  Maureen graduated with a Bachelor in Science majoring in Sociology and Psychology, then returned to continue her education at University of Findlay for her teaching certification in Social Studies and Sociology.  Before coming to Challenger Learning Center, Maureen’s STEM-related positions include four years as a state of Ohio technology consultant assisting school districts with grants and technology, six years at WGTE Public Broadcasting working with education resources, website development, online video production and distance learning, and three years as a renovation coordinator for a senior living facility.  Maureen enjoys gardening, fishing, kayaking, reading, horseback riding, home renovation projects, and spending time with her husband, Ted, and her family, and the rescue and assistance dogs that find family-love and friendship in their home.  Maureen thoroughly enjoys working at Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West since October of 2012.  She loves the trainings and workshops with NASA, working with summer camps, and doing presentations and workshop for groups like Women in STEM and Girl Scouts working on their badges! But the absolute best, is taking students of all ages on simulated space missions to the Moon or Mars to investigate, learn and explore science and space. Let’s blast off together!
Kristen Meach
Meach, Kristen
Interactive Science Specialist

Kristen is an Interactive Science Specialist.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toledo in 2019.  She plans to continue her graduate studies at the University of Toledo School of Psychology to earn a Master of Science in Psychology and an Educational Specialist designation.  Her passion for teaching was ignited at an early age when her mother, also an educator, would bring Kristen along on many an educational trip.  Kristen also attributes her desire to teach to her many friends and family who are also teachers in various settings.  At Challenger Learning Center, Kristen enjoys that seeing the ability to spark excitement among the students while focusing on STEM learning is a constant reminder of the impact an engaging education can have.  When not flying a simulated space mission to the moon or Mars, Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter at their home in Sylvania.  

Tyler O'Brien
O'Brien, Tyler
Lead Interactive Science Specialist

Tyler O’Brien is the Lead Interactive Science Specialist with Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West and a Space Station Ambassador.  Tyler has a Master of Arts in Theology from Lourdes University and a Bachelor of Mortuary Science from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he received the Bowser Restorative Art Award as a restorative artist.  He is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership through the University of the Cumberlands with a concentration in Health Sciences.  Tyler holds an Ohio Funeral Director and Embalmer license and a Michigan Mortuary Science License and is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners, achieving the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner.  Tyler’s varied background includes STEM teaching, funeral service and cadaver work in an anatomical donation program for a medical university.  In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, camping and spending time with his two dogs.  He enjoys the opportunity that Challenger Learning Center affords to the area as a leading STEM education center.  Tyler offers that “For me, seeing the spark in a student’s eye when they come to a challenge and find a new solution or come up with something creative, is an awesome moment as an educator and that keeps you going!  That’s what we are all about: engaging, exploring and inspiring!”

Alexandra Ries
Ries, Alexandra
Interactive Science Specialist
Alexanda Ries is an Interactive Science Specialist.  She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at the University of Toledo in hopes of receiving her Bachelors degree in Education.  In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys being active in the Tri Delta Sorority and contributing back to her community.  She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Roy and Woody.
Kyle Spotts
Spotts, Kyle
Interactive Science Specialist

Kyle Spotts is an Interactive Science Specialist.  He is currently studying Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toledo where he hopes to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.  In his spare time Kyle can be found at Civil War reenactments fighting as a Union soldier.

Sara Westrick
Westrick, Sara
ASP Remedial Specialist

Sara Westrick completed her education at Slippery Rock University; located in Slippery Rock Pennsylvania. While in college she completed a Bachelor's of Science program in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. She then went on to pursue her Masters in Education. Sara grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania but soon after graduating with her Masters she started her career in education in Ohio. Sara has worked in education for the past six years with experience in all subject areas and grade levels.  Eventually she worked her way back into the area that she loved most, science when she started her job at the Challenger Learning Center. Sara has been working at the Challenger Learning Center in addition to working as a Science Educator at Saint Ursula Academy. There are so many reasons Sara loves working at the Challenger Learning Center including getting to be an astronaut, flying to the moon and most of all sharing her passion for science and learning with others! Sara enjoys spending her time outside of the classroom watching movies with her husband, curling up with a good book, or taking her dog, Buddy, for a walk.

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