Developed and taught a weekly after school course for 8-10 2nd through 5th graders at Prairie Vista Elementary School. Topics covered a wide range of topics in biology, ranging from microbiology and cell biology to ecosystem biology and climate change.
2016: Taught course in the Spring with a co-teacher for 8 4th and 5th grade students
2018: Revamped and taught course independently for 10 2nd through 5th grade students.
Coached Science Olympiad at the Stanley Clark School. Science Olympiad is like a STEM track meet - we prepare the students for Spring competitions in the different events through practices once a week starting in the Fall.
2018: Coached 2 8th grade girls in Rocks and Minerals. Rocks and Minerals required learning and identifying different rocks and minerals based on their geological properties.
2019: Coached 3 7th and 8th girls in Experimental Design. Experimental Design requires the competitors to create, execute, analyze, and summarize an entire experiment in 50 minutes.
As a zoo docent, I walked around the zoo and interacted with guests, either by answering questions or engaging them in different specific activities.
2016-2017: Lincoln Park Zoo, Guest Engagement Ambassador. I gave talks about the various animals or talk guests through “carts.” The carts are tools with which we engage the public in various evolution and conservation concepts. The “Feces Saves Species” Cart, affectionately referred to as the “Poop Cart”, focuses on how the zoos can partner with international parks, such as Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa, to do hormonal analyses on rhino feces to inform rangers about animal welfare. This cart was particularly fun, as it was easy to transition to my own baboon feces research and talk to kids wondering about how they too can have a job looking at poop.
2014-2015: San Francisco Zoo, Docent. I would give talks with “biofacts” on carts - most often the skulls of large charistmatic animals, such as the one-horned rhino, the giraffe, or the bear - these huge skulls were a great tool for engaging visitors in discussions about evolution and conservation.