TCU Monnig Meteorite Gallery

817-257-6277

Monnig Staff

 

Mayne-RhiannonDr. Rhiannon Mayne

Curator of the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Collection and Gallery

Email: r.g.mayne@tcu.edu
Phone: 817-257-MARS (6277)
Fax: 817-257-7789

Please contact Dr. Mayne for enquiries about meteorites only. All outreach and Gallery questions should be direct to the Gallery Assistant.

Dr. Mayne was born in the UK and, like many other children, dreamt of becoming an astronaut when ‘grown up.’ However, realism set in during her high school years – it did not seem sensible to launch someone into space who could get travel sick on a swing. Dr. Mayne abandoned her dreams of space and went to Edinburgh University to study Geology instead. While at Edinburgh, she listened to a talk from a visiting professor on meteorites and realized there was a career that could combine her love of rocks and space. She went on to get her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and spent a year working at the Smithsonian before joining TCU.

 

Batiste-NonaMs. Nona Batiste

Gallery Assistant and Educator

Email: monniggallery@tcu.edu
Phone: 817-257-MARS (6277)
Fax: 817-257-7789

The Gallery Assistant works during weekday Gallery open hours (1pm–4pm).

Nona M. Batiste is a veteran public school teacher who has taught in both New Orleans and Dallas school districts. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Education from Southern University of Baton Rouge and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Science Education from Loyola University of New Orleans. Ms. Batiste has taught Environmental Science and General Science to middle and high school students for over forty years. She has spoken to large groups professionally and been active in both school districts as a Master Teacher and workshop presenter.

In Dallas ISD she has trained teachers in many capacities emphasizing hands-on, minds-on science and project-based learning as well as summer institutes for teachers and mini-camps for students. In that capacity she has modeled effective teaching techniques to classroom teachers to better illustrate how to utilize the tools and techniques presented in her workshops.

Ms. Batiste has been an active Tarrant County Master Gardener for the last twelve years and a certified Junior Master Gardener Instructor and Entomology Specialist. As Gallery Educator/Assistant she will bring a wealth of varied and numerous experiences to the position. She can be seen leading gallery tours, visiting schools and creating engaging activities that will positively impact the many visitors that frequent the Monning Meteorite Gallery.