Katie Buttermore grew up playing in the outdoors of Columbus, OH. Spending a great deal of time in the Hocking Hills learning outdoor living skills, she began instructing at age 15 at Camp Wyandot of Camp Fire USA Central OH. Since then, she has maintained a passionate relationship with nature, graduated from Denison University (OH) with a B.S. in Biology, and has immersed herself with Coyote Trails' School of Nature, doing a 4-season Caretaker Program. She is continuing to learn about herself by discovering the world under her feet.
Naomi’s first Magic Show was for the neighborhood at age 11. Since then she has performed as a professional magician, clown and storyteller throughout the West coast, Japan and Taiwan with her company ”Magic Makers”. She studied mime with Marcel
Marceau and special studies in clowning and storytelling at Dominican University. Her artistry can be found in the best selling Klutz children’s book Facepainting
Liz has been an educator for 6 years and has facilitated learning opportunities for children and adults in North and South Carolina, Iowa, and Oregon. She holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and a master’s degree in Creative Writing & Environment. Liz believes learning should be hands-on, engaging, and relevant to students. She loves being outside, getting messy, and finding fun.
Jessica graduated with bachelor's degree in Human Services. She also holds a master's degree in Teaching. She has been an educator for over seven years and has worked with children in preschool through early elementary. Jessica loves the energy and excitement that kids naturally have in the classroom and thinks their curiosity is a gift that should help guide their learning.
Jim has lived in Ashland for the past 24 years. In college he was a track and field All-American at Southern Oregon University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Fitness Management, as well as his Masters of Arts in Teaching. He has taught health and PE at Ashland Middle School and currently teaches physical education at both Helman and Walker Elementary Schools. Jim is also the head track and field coach at Ashland Middle School.
Rob Harrington has been an elementary school teacher for over 20 years and has taught in the Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon. Rob has had a strong interest in science ever since he was a child and believes that science should be hands-on, fun, and exciting. For the past 8 years, he has ran an after school science club in the Three Rivers School District.
Katie is currently working towards both a teaching license for elementary and middle school science and a master’s degree in Environmental Education at SOU. She has taught science in a wide variety of settings, both outdoors and in the classroom, for 1st
grade students. Katie loves fun science experiments and projects of all kinds!
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Tia was born and raised on Maui. She moved to Ashland in 1999 to pursue a BA in Theatre Arts and an MAT in elementary education. After travelling and teaching in Asia with her husband, she returned to Ashland to raise her family. She has been teaching at Helman Elementary School for the past 6 years.
Garth Mix, raised on Kodiak Island, AK, is an illustrator/graphic designer with a specialty in depicting marine mammals and ocean biology. He currently works with marine biologists nation-wide creating species illustrations for informative publications by organizations including NOAA and NMFS. He illustrated the Field Guide to Marine Mammals
and Sea Turtles of the U.S. Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico
winning the 2000 National Outdoor Book Award for best nature guidebook, the outdoor world’s largest and most prestigious book award program. He enjoys sharing his passion for marine mammals with children of all ages.
Jeanine graduated from Cornell University in 2007 with a B.S. in Applied Ecology, and from Southern Oregon University in 2011 with a MS in Environmental Education. She has varied experience with ecological research and education, including; conducting plant surveys in Yellowstone, managing an Agroforestry Extension Project in upstate New York, and working as an Experiential Environmental Educator in Colorado. Jeanine is now happy to work for Klamath Bird Observatory in the Education and Outreach Program. In her free time, Jeanine loves to rock-climb, paint, and share the wonders of nature with others.
Shauna is currently a graduate student in SOU’s Environmental Education program and is also working toward a secondary biology teaching licensure. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for Science! Some of her favorite work experiences include leading field trips as a member of the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project and her adventures on the road as a traveling science educator for OMSI. In between helping kids in the community with their science fair projects and guiding nature hikes, Shauna enjoys kayaking, painting, scuba diving, and roller-skating.
Homegrown in the woods around Ashland, Oregon, Michele is a natural-world adventurer and full-time mom of two daughters. Currently, Michele graduated from SOU with a degree in Early Childhood Development and a minor in Outdoor Adventure Leadership while receiving a certificate in Native American Studies. Michele had been working in the outdoors with and without children nearly 20 years, believing that we are the change we are seeking in making a difference in the world. Her passion lies in working with young children and helping them gain appreciation for nature during their earliest memories. She currently helps co-teach the Coyote Naturalist class at Willow Wind Community Learning Center in Ashland, volunteers for local non-profit Native American organizations, and assists at North Mountain Park Nature Center working with youth. Other interests include taichi, yoga, and natural healing. In the summer, you'll find her at camp with the "Little Fox Cubs"!
Stacey has worked with students of all ages in day camps and outdoor education settings for five years. Her teaching philosophy for young children is guided by a belief in hands-on, student-directed exploration and creative play. Stacey is currently in the master's in Environmental Education program at Southern Oregon University and is also working towards a teaching certification at the elementary and middle school levels.
Sarah Red-Laird is the Executive Director of Bee Girl, a nonprofit organization with the mission to preserve honeybees, beekeepers, and food resources by providing outreach, education, support, and mentorship for beekeepers and communities. She spends her time working with honey bees and their keepers, teaching pre-K through graduate level college students about bees and beekeeping, and reaching out to the community through speaking engagements and good bee policy.
Anjie has been teaching students of all ages for 20 years. Whether guiding tours in Alaska, instructing writing and critical thinking to college students, or fostering the development and education of pre-schoolers, she is inspired by the curiosity and wonder that lead to learning. She holds a master’s degree in Literature from Western Washington University, and combines science and the arts in a nurturing and exciting classroom.
Amanda grew up in the woods of Oregon and Colorado and, as a home school student, she chose to study that which interested her the most. She spent the majority of her time outside, and started training in primitive wilderness skills at a very young age. As an accomplished tracker in training, she has instructed students in the art of bushcraft since she was seventeen. Her other passions involve classical violin and martial arts.
Emily visited the Galapagos Islands in 1991 and again in 2012 and is excited to bring her passion for the region to ScienceWorks. Originally a middle school science teacher in the Bay Area, Emily now teaches ScienceWorks outreach programs including engineering design at Willow Wind, Kids Unlimited and the Illuminating Science Inquiry program.
A key tenet of Shannon's teaching philosophy: people should laugh while they learn, because you learn more when you enjoy what you're doing. She is also a dynamic facilitator, responding to the needs and ideas of her audience. She has been an educator for 12 years, and enjoys helping kids - and adults! - find fun in science and learning. Shannon holds a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology and a master's degree in Environmental Education. She has been an educator at ScienceWorks for over five years.