Category Archives: Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight on Bryan – AKA Demo Gopher and Higginsworth

Q: Tell us a little about who you are…
A: I am 27 years old and attended the University of New Mexico for Art, but was born and raised in Colorado.  I am very close with my family and wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for their constant support.  Until starting at Steve Spangler Science I worked in non-profit education and program management, which helped me realize my true passion for being involved with children’s education.

Q: What do you do at Steve Spangler Science?
A: I am currently the Administrative Assistant for Steve Spangler Science, Field Producer for The Spangler Effect, On Screen Talent for Product Videos, Experiment Tester for Sick Science!…but most commonly known as Demo Gopher and Higginsworth.
Q: What do you like best about what you do?
A: I love the fast paced, sometimes spur of the moment projects that come up on a daily basis. No matter how much I think I have learned or experienced, there is always something new to keep me on my toes. I couldn’t be more stoked about my job.
Q:  What is your favorite Steve Spangler Science moment?
A: I think the trip to Oklahoma was my favorite moment so far. From Tornados, 150 teachers battling with Geyser Cars to Steve’s Segway failing and the entire experience as a whole. It was just a blast to be a part of.
Q: What is something you wish every SSS customer knew?
A: I wish that every customer understood how much effort and hard work every single person in this company puts in to get a finished product out the door. From discovering new products, getting them in the system, making sure we have the tools needed to produce, taking customer orders, creating copy and activity guides, keeping our website updated, making sure we have the technology to run the website, producing thousands of products a day, and finally shipping them out to people all over the world. I am still amazed every day at how hard each and every person at this company works and wish all of our customers had a chance to experience it. 
Q: What is your favorite science experiment?
A: Has to be Boo Bubbles, because who doesn’t love bubbles and dry ice is just awesome. So combining the two is pretty much all I need to be entertained for days.
Q: What do you like to do when not on the job?
A: I love rock climbing and spend pretty much all my free time on the rock.  Anytime not spent climbing or working is spent with my close friends and getting quality time in with my family.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: Life Rocks…Roll with it!
You can connect with the Demo Gopher, Sir Higginsworth himself on Facebook. Friend him at Higginsworth – The Spangler Effect.

Staff Spotlight on JJ – Master of Production

Q: Tell us a little about who you are…
A: I am a very personable and outgoing person who loves to make the best out of every situation. I feel as though no man or woman is better than the next and that we all need to work close to one another to really expand our horizons in life. Having the privilege to work for such a great company has allowed me to have a multitude of opportunities that I never thought were possible or that I would ever even come across in my life. I have been with the company now for 3 1/2 years and still wake up every morning excited to come to my job and work with my friends. It really takes a unique work environment to be able to say that your coworkers are not just team members but lifelong friends and that is one of my favorite things about working at Steve Spangler Science.

Q: What do you do at Steve Spangler Science?
A: I help oversee the production of the fun kits and educational products that we provide to our great customers. I also oversee the coordination of having Goodwill come into our facility to help produce some of our products which in turn helps us out a lot by keeping our production demands down. Thank you Goodwill!!!

Q: What do you like best about what you do?
A: I love knowing that the product I touch not just only helps further and expand the education of kids but also puts the fun back in science. Being able to work here gives me a comfortable feeling of knowing how much the company gives back to the community in various ways. It helps me understand the significance of a family owned and operated business and the importance of the great morals they work and live by.

Q:  What is your favorite Steve Spangler Science moment?
A: My favorite moment(s) would be when we were able to go down to Weather and Science Day at Coors Field. Having that many kids and teachers that are excited to learn about science/education is incredible and really wow’s me till this day. I am hoping to see this breathtaking event come together again this year. Keep your fingers crossed!

Q: What is something you wish every SSS customer knew?
A: I want every SSS customer to know how much we appreciate your feedback as well as input. We put so much hard work and dedication into our product and ordering process that we are always in search of how to improve on it to make the best experience for our customers. Thank you — all you guys ROCK!!!

Q: What is your favorite science experiment?
A: I would have to say my favorite is WCIB-250 Cloud in a Bottle. It still till this day amazes me to see a cloud right in front of you. My second choice would be WEXB-050 Bouncing Bubble Kit just because who doesn’t love to bounce a bubble in your hand. If you haven’t tried either one, you are missing out.

Q: What do you like to do when not on the job?
A: I like to stay active, especially outdoors. I love snowboarding, hiking, camping, spelunking, and running outside just on a random path to see where it ends. Enjoying time with my family and friends is definitely the highlight of my days though, no question about it.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
I live my life by this quote because of its importance and truth. I ‘m just saying…

Staff Spotlight on Shipping Manager Dennis

Q: Tell us a little about who you are…
A: I love discovering things, creating things…I have been at Steve Spangler Science for 5 years. I’m blessed to have my job and life. I believe to whom much is given, much is required. To give back is one of my life’s main goals. Working at Steve Spangler Science gives me a chance to do that -it’s fun.

Q: What do you do at Steve Spangler Science?
A: I am responsible for all of the shipping for Steve Spangler Science customers, including LTL and international shipping. I also help with receiving.

Q: What do you like best about what you do?
A: The people. I love the people I work with and almost all of them are personal friends outside work – it’s family. I think that’s what makes this place special.

Q:  What is your favorite Steve Spangler Science moment?
A: When I was given the opportunity to step into the Shipping Manager position. It was a great opportunity to have a voice in a company that I believe in.

Q: What is something you wish every SSS customer knew?
A: Our Team motto: Make it big, Do it right, and Give it class!

Q: What is your favorite science experiment?
A: Without question the Insta-Snow experiment. I saw Steve demonstrate it at a conference and saw how excited the teachers were. I enjoy demonstrating this experiment and seeing the smiling faces.

Q: What do you like to do when not on the job?
A: I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend, working out, playing basketball, attending sports and music events.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. -Marianne Williamson said it and by golly I like it!

Staff Spotlight on Copy Editor Debbie Leibold

Q: Tell us a little about who you are…
A: Let’s see… I’m definitely not a scientist, I’m not in a band, I’m not an ultra-creative graphic designer, I’m not on Ellen, I haven’t been featured on YouTube, I rarely blow things up.  My life is pretty boring compared to some of the people I work with.

I’m a mom, wife, dog walker, former high school English teacher, volunteer, taxi driver, sports fan (especially my kids’ sports), non-profit fund raiser, Duke grad, music lover, golfer, and avid reader. I have lived in Colorado most of my life and am passionate about education and the outdoors. I serve as a Trustee on a non-profit Board (the John Austin Cheley Foundation) that raises money to provide summer camp experiences for kids around the country.

Q: What do you do at Steve Spangler Science?
A: I edit Steve’s awesome books, specifically Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes and Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste.  I also review the catalog before it goes to print and many of the Experiments of the Week and other important emails and print materials that Steve Spangler Science produces.  Somehow, I have also earned the title of “Science Fair Expert,” so I have worked on revamping the science fair section of Steve’s website and adding Science Fair Connections to quite a few of our experiments–a perfect example of irony since I’m an English, not a science teacher. Basically, I guess you could call me the resident wordsmith, or (as some other people no doubt refer to me) that annoying grammar lady with the red pen.

Q: What do you like best about what you do?
A: I like that I get to be part of the Creative Team at Steve Spangler Science. I work with many very talented and creative people, and it is inspiring when we all bring our own skills to the table and work together to create an excellent final product. I learn new stuff all the time from my colleagues about technology, social media, website design, photography, video production, etc. You could say I’m a bit behind the times when it comes to all of that. It’s a good thing I represent just a very small piece of the puzzle!

Q:  What is your favorite Steve Spangler Science moment?
A: I’ve only been part of Steve Spangler Science for a couple of years, but I always enjoy Steve’s demonstrations on The Ellen Degeneres Show. I especially liked it when he blew up the trash can full of thousands of ping pong balls or when he had an audience member walk across a giant tub of cornstarch quicksand.  Steve is always aspiring to take a great idea and make it even bigger and better. It was also interesting the day that he shot an ethanol rocket across the office. I found out later that the same day he had launched a similar rocket across my son’s desk at school and set the top of his desk on fire… only momentarily until the ethanol burned itself out. No damage to the desk (or my son), but he definitely got my son’s attention.  How’s this for dinner conversation: “Mr. Spangler is so awesome! He set my desk on fire today!!”

Q: What is something you wish every SSS customer knew?
A: I wish every SSS customer knew how customer-centered the company is. Every decision that is made is based on doing what we feel would be best for the customer. We have an amazing customer service team, but behind the faces and voices of that team, everything else is also focused on providing the best shopping experience and the most unique learning resource for you that we possibly can.

Q: What is your favorite science experiment?
A: It’s hard not to love the Mentos and Diet Coke Geyser experiment, but I also think the Exploding Toothpaste experiment is one that a great teacher can use to get kids really excited about science. Bouncing Smoke Bubbles is another of my favorites. Playing with bubbles is always fun, but when the bubbles are big and white and full of carbon dioxide fog, they are downright awesome!

Q: What do you like to do when not on the job?
A: When I’m not on the job, I am probably driving my two boys (ages 14 and 11) to a sporting event or practice, managing homework, trying to figure out what’s for dinner (or which drive-thru we’re going to that night), or walking my dog. When I’m not at the kids’ activities or volunteering and actually have some time for myself, I like to play golf, ski, hike, read, and spend time in the mountains with my family and friends.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: I have known Steve since high school and it is fun to work for his company, collaborate on projects, and see his tremendous success. Who knew?? I will also be very embarrassed if, as copy editor, I missed any grammatical mistakes or typos in this Staff Spotlight. Who edits me?

Staff Spotlight on Randy in Production

Q: Tell us a little about who you are…

A:  I am a Denver boy who’s tried his hand on the east coast, west coast, Japan and Texas and have found no greater place to be than Denver.  I have a band called Total Ghost that I spend a lot of time outside of work in and I love to snowboard in the winter and ride bikes and longboard when in the summer.  Also I hope to one day own and run a beer brewery.

Q: What do you do at Steve Spangler Science?

A:  I work in Production which is an awesome team that assembles and organizes the products we have to offer.

Q: What do you like best about what you do?
A:  I love the fact that I basically get to play with toys for most of the day.  My team is super close-knit so it is really nice to work with a group of people who can make you laugh while getting the job done.

Q:  What is your favorite Steve Spangler Science moment?
A:  When I was in Orlando for NAEYC, I got to demo Water Gel for the teachers.  The first time that I got to see the look on the teachers’ faces when the water hardened instantly, I was like “Wow! This is why we do what we do!”

Q: What is something you wish every SSS customer knew?
A: Our team takes a lot of pride in making sure that everything you get is counted properly and organized very well.

Q: What is your favorite science experiment?
A: I have grown very fond of Think Ink!  I never get tired of seeing water turn black like that!

Q: What do you like to do when not on the job?
A: I am the front man of a band called Total Ghost.  I love to write music for that and DJ house music.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A:  I am super amped to be a part of this team!