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Expert Profile


Jennifer Roper



Position Type:



United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise

After-School Programs, Camp Programs, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Access, Docent Programs, Education, Explainer/guide, Outreach and Public Engagement, Theaters, Volunteer Programs, Youth/Teen Programs

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL March 2017- June 2020


  • Conducted presentations for up to 1000 guests at one of the most visited aquariums in the United States.
  • Facilitated informal educational content for guests of a variety of ages designed to provoke curiosity.
  • Implemented improvisational strategies during programs and guest engagement.
  • Researched for inquiry and constructivist-based programs.
  • Audio description trained to better connect guests with vision impairment to the living collection.
  • Trained new team members by building informational guides and outlines.
  • Guided guests to exhibit best safety practices during instances of close proximity to animals.
  • Represented Shedd on Facebook Live while facilitating the behind the scenes of the aquatic presentation.
  • Panel Moderator for various experts from the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium.
  • Host for Jazzin at the Shedd, an evening with trivia and prizes.


The Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL December 2015- March 2017

Education Facilitator/ Tour Guide

  • Facilitated school programming that follows Illinois Learning Standards.
  • Assisted in the research of tours and school programs.
  • Implemented children’s programs and educational activities.
  • Responsible for training new employees and volunteers.
  • Scheduled and coordinated tours for staff and volunteers.
  • Developed, using historical research, personalized tours for a variety of audiences pertaining to Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, and the military.
  • Interpreted the museum’s artifacts and presented the story of the McCormick Family for the public on tours.


The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, Wheaton, IL August 2014-December 2015

Program and Education Assistant

  • Taught interactive and experiential learning-based opportunities, including Fair play, an outside obstacle course used to demonstrate physical training in the military.
  • Facilitated walk-in programming.
  • Created a topic-specific and age-appropriate curriculum designed to make history more accessible.
  • Assisted in artifact collection management by caring for and documenting materials with historical significance, using programs like TMS (The Museum System).
  • Designed an organizational tool for the inventory of educational materials loaned to teachers.
  • Oversaw “Night at the Museum,” a program that involves supervising 40-70 parents and scouts during activities in the evening and overnight, while ensuring safety and museum security.


Afterschool Enrichment Solutions, Bannockburn, IL Seasonally October 2013-December 2016

Drama Teacher- Independent Contractor

  • Improved and facilitated age-appropriate, after-school curriculum for theatre and acting, including dynamics of the profession such as blocking.
  • Independently worked with schools to teach classes and camps.
  • Maintained a healthy relationship for the company with schools and parents.



  • · National Association of Interpretation’s Certified Interpretive Guide March 2019
  • · Mandated Reporter November 2015



North Central College, Naperville, IL

Bachelor of Arts in History, Cum Laude

Minor in Theatre

  • Honor Societies: Delta Alpha Pi, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Theta Kappa
  • § Served as Alumni Speaker to current North Central Students in the History Capstone class.
  • § Presented thesis on Allan Pinkerton at The Rall Symposium for Original Undergraduate Research.
  • § Capstone Editing Committee.
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