Meet Our Teachers
I’ve been an environmental educator since 2013, and have loved every minute of it! I taught Environmental Education in rural public schools through AmeriCorps, received my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education, and have completed certifications in Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments, Early Childhood Environmental Education, and Horticulture, to name a few. I am particularly passionate about facilitating child-directed outdoor exploration, and I’m really looking forward to investigating and learning alongside all of our kids this session! I believe that allowing children to guide their own learning and dig deeper into the things they’re really interested in (even if it wasn’t on the day’s schedule) can be incredibly empowering and helps keep them excited about discovering and learning new things! I’ve been working at the Museum for over two years now, splitting my time between the Outdoor Learning Environments and Innovation & Learning teams, and I can’t wait to see what this session of Schoolhouse has in store for us!
With degrees in Anthropology and Art History, I am a proud, two-time graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I cut my teeth in museum education in my hometown of Charlotte as an educator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Now that I have been with the Museum of Life and Science for a year, I have found that my passion is exploring intersections and binaries with our students – science and art, natural and constructed worlds – they are not as far apart as you think! In my spare moments, I love working with my hands in the woodworking shop, the garden, the kitchen, and in making amaro. And, of course, I love books. Always books! What are you reading?
As long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for nature and science. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. Working in several labs, I have studied a range of topics including entomology, population genetics, and disease ecology. While working as a researcher, I found joy in informal education while teaching local communities about our research. As a fellow with the I&L team, I aim to incorporate my love for nature and science as I work with Schoolhouse, curriculum writing, and other aspects of education at the museum.
When I graduated from UNC Pembroke with a degree in history, I sought an opportunity to share my own passion for learning all while being able to grow as a professional and further develop my own interest. I found this opportunity through the fellowship program which has allowed me to cultivate my love for nature and animals. While I have worn a few different hats having been involved in summer camp, program writing, and Museum Schoolhouse, being able to share my own fascination with animals and helping instill a sense of curiosity within our community has to be the most rewarding part of the job.
I grew up in New Hampshire, but my work has taken me from Ecuador to the Virgin Islands to Washington D.C. I graduated Vermont Law School in 2019 with a Master’s in Environmental Law and hold dual Bachelor’s degrees in biology and journalism from Boston University. Feeling torn between a love of adorable animals and a natural aptitude for writing, I have loved combining my passion and gifts to educate others about science at AZA-accredited zoos and museums along the East Coast! I began volunteering at the Magic Wings Butterfly House as soon as I moved to NC in 2020 and now assist with community engagement and classes as an Education Fellow. I also serve as a public relations/social media manager for nonprofit organizations that focus on the relationship between science, health and environment and human communities. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering in environmental cleanup events with the Bull City Trailblazers and practicing acapella singing with the Carolina Harmony Chorus. I am also the proud mom of a snuggly rescue dog from South Korea and an overly dramatic baby turtle.
After graduating Elon University with the Class of 2020 and a degree in Public Health, I had no idea what the world had in store for me. I enjoyed learning science when I was younger but when I entered college as a first-year that passion drifted away. After much reflection, I learned my love for science as a child/teen never left, I just needed a new view of it. Not only am I excited to join the team but I can’t wait to meet the kids who will help me while I help them grow their love of science. Ohh.. fun fact, I enjoy yoga and mindfulness meditation.