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.