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Tutor profile: Michaela R.

Michaela R.
Conservation Educator and Animal Keeper at the Zoo
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About Michaela

About Michaela
Zookeeper by day, tutor by night! I take care of animals great and small of all different taxa, but the best part of my job is teaching others about the animals, their natural histories, biologies, behaviors, and how they fit into their respective ecosystems and niches. I love biology, ecology, all things outdoors, horseback riding, unicycling, running, hiking, and cooking.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
I have tutored and been an educator for many years now. I started out tutoring my friends in High School and college, then became a guide in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, and have now moved into education within a zoo! I have taught everyone from pre-school to university students to adults and seniors.
Seattle Pacific University
Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
Bachelor's Degree
2013 - 2017

Work Experience

Work Experience
Lehigh Valley Zoo, Ambassador Animal Coordinator/Conservation Educator
2018 - Present
I am the Ambassador Animal Keeper for the Education Department animals. I am responsible for their basic husbandry every day, exercise, training, and socialization. In addition, I develop and run interactive educational programming for audiences of all ages, specializing in elementary and middle school audiences.
Wildlife Safari Zoo, Education Instructor
2018 - 2018
In this role I developed summer camp curriculum and was the camp director for the Summer of 2018. I specialized in teaching elementary school kids ages 5 to 12. On weeks off from camp, I delivered educational programming onsite and out in the community.
University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus, Resident Naturalist/Agriculturist
2017 - 2018
In my role at this beautiful campus nestled in the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, I led day-to-day tours for tourists and study abroad university students. Tours included natural history hikes, night hikes, insect-o-ramas, plant-o-ramas, bird watching, farm tours, milking tours, sustainability talks, history talks, as well as translating coffee tours and cooking classes with local families. I taught university students, families traveling abroad, and even translated tours into Spanish for Costa Rican high school and university students.
Woodland Park Zoo, Education Instructor
2016 - 2016
I led theater-based summer camps at the zoo for kids ages 5 to 12. I integrated acting techniques and role-playing into a natural history curriculum meant to teach the campers about the diversity of life on the planet.

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