I was hired by the Cornell Lab in 2004 to develop and field test the BirdSleuth curriculum. I previously managed the school programs for the Missouri Botanical Garden, and graduated from the Biology programs at Truman State University (BS) and Illinois State University (MS). I am the co-author of Citizen Science: 15 Lessons that Bring Biology to Life, published by NSTA Press, as well as numerous curricular resources and articles. I’m passionate about finding and sharing engaging ways to connect kids to their local outdoors. Outside work, I enjoy going on outdoor adventures with my elementary-aged daughter, traveling to new places, and adding new birds to my eBird life list.