I have worked at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology since 2004, when I was hired as a curriculum developer and project manager for the original NSF-funded BirdSleuth curriculum. I now manage the K-12 Program, where I lead a team that is focused on empowering educators to help youth connect with nature, engage in citizen science, and inspire inquiry investigations—building science and environmental literacy for every child.
I’m passionate about finding and sharing engaging ways to connect kids to their local outdoors. I am the co-author of Citizen Science: 15 Lessons that Bring Biology to Life (NSTA Press, 2013) and many curriculum resources and articles. I currently instruct two online courses: Let’s Go Outside: How to Connect Kids with Bird and Nature and Inspiring Investigations through Citizen Science.
Before coming to the Cornell Lab, I managed school programming for the Missouri Botanical Garden, graduated from Truman State University (BS, Biology) and graduated from Illinois State University (MS, Biology).
When I’m not at work, I enjoy camping, kayaking, playing soccer, cooking, and baking with my home-grown sourdough starter.