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Expert Profile


James Thompson






Position Type:



United States of America

Years in the field:

1 – 5 Years

Areas of Expertise

After-School Programs, Camp Programs, Distance/Digital Learning, Education, Explainer/guide, Guest/Visitor Services, Outreach and Public Engagement, Social Media, Theaters, Youth/Teen Programs

Summary of Qualifications

- Experienced informal educator.

- Special training in experiential distance education.

- Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and Mac OS.

- First Aid/CPR Certification- American Red Cross

Professional Experience

Denver Zoo (Variable Part TIme Educator) October 2019- August 2020

-Led on-site and off-site programming for guests based on animal education.

-Handled small animals and zoo collections while interacting with guests and students.

-Was responsible for loading and unloading zoo vehicles for off-site programming.

University of Colorado South Denver (Customer and Education Coordinator) March 2020- May 2020

-Developed new educational classes for K-5 student field trips.

-Revised old educational programs to align with modern education standards and Colorado Academic Standards.

-Integrated “Science on a Sphere” and CU South Denver museum exhibits into educational programming for museum visitors.

-Trained on Welcome Desk operations, including cash handling, ticket sales, and ID Badge printing

-Position and Department Terminated due to COVID and Financial Concerns

The Hunterian Museum- University of Glasgow (Work Placement) January 2019- July 2019

-Lead Coordinator and manager of activities and volunteers for Glasgow Science Sunday 2019

-Developed, prototyped, and implemented new permanent guided tour for The Hunterian Museum: “Explorers at the Hunterian

-Trained new museum guide volunteers through The Hunterian’s MuSE program

“James’ tour remains as a legacy”- Ruth Fletcher, Education Manager at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Educator/Performer) June 2015- August 2018

-Delivered 15 different educational programs for guests per week in multiple exhibits.

-Trained new departmental hires in tech, show content, and general knowledge for museum

-Acted as a trainer and educator liaison for new exhibit, “The Dead Sea Scrolls”

-Participated in creation and implementation of several new programs, including “Power of

Poisons”, “Destination: Solar System”, “Optical Illusions”, and “Space Tours Live

James is a direct and clear communicator who is the rare combination of a hugely creative mind coupled with a ‘can-do’, common-sense attitude toward getting work done.”- David Allison, Onsite Programs Manager at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Champions-Knowledge Universe (Keyholder/Site Assistant/Temp Position) March 2015-June 2015

-Provided after-school care for students, including study help, games, and educational activities.

-Maintained strict headcounts, and check in/ check out procedures for children and parents.

-Created educational activities in coordination with the site directors.

-Provided care for 30 children per location, ranging between grades K-5.


Radio Shack (Keyholder/Customer Specialist) April 2013-June 2014

-Trained new hires in procedures, POS, and other software

-Sold electronics and spare parts to customers daily

-Maintained inventory counts and transaction details through multiple POS systems

-Responsible for opening and closing the store, and transporting daily bank deposits


University of Glasgow- Glasgow, Scotland, September 2018- Aug 2019

-Master of Sciences: Museum Education (with Distinction)

Doane College- Crete, NE, January 2009-May 2011

-Bachelor of Arts: Theatre Performance


Denver Open Media- Editing and Digital Media Intern, June 2015- December 2015

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids- Teacher Assistant, June 2009- July 2009

Volunteer Experience

MADD (Music, Arts, Dance, Drama) High School Camp- Counselor/ Lead Drama Instructor, July 2017

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