My professional experience, education and other achievements.

Education Professional Experience

Heritage Village - Largo, FL - Curator of Education

Jan 2018–Present

  • Manage Junior Docents, teen volunteers providing tours and activities for visitors
  • Train and evaluate 150 volunteer docents and interns
  • Point of contact for all group visitors: scheduling, greeting, and gathering and processing program feedback
  • Develop standard operating procedures for reservations, groups, and other programs
  • Evaluate and upgrade programs including traveling history trunks, field trip activities, customized curriculum for special programs and events, and adult lecture series
  • Design exhibit panels and interactives
  • Manage social media and web content

Busch Gardens - Tampa, FL - Zoo Education Aide

Jul 2014–Feb 2016, Jul 2017–Jan 2018

  • Led guests on tours throughout the zoo, providing interpretation on animal behaviors, biology, and training, as well as conservation guidance
  • Assisted in staff training and developed training materials

Museum of Science and Industry - Tampa, FL - Youth Programs Manager

Apr 2015–Aug 2017

  • Managed YES! Team and Youth Advisory Board programs with over 50 teen staff and volunteers
  • Increased volunteer program enrollment by 500% in the first year
  • Developed career ladders, workshops, events, evaluations, and other program materials
  • Led STEAM programs on and offsite for program participants and visitors of all ages
  • Increased volunteer program enrollment by 500% in the first year
  • Managed program budget, calendars, and special events
  • Cultivated community partnerships for service learning opportunities
  • Created and maintained monthly and annual reports for entire education department
  • Organized, interpreted, and reported all department evaluation data

Tampa Bay History Center - Tampa, FL - Instructor

Jun 2014–Aug 2017

  • Developed and led American Girl Doll and Archaeology Mysteries camps, providing lessons, crafts, and activities for 24 elementary-aged students
  • Managed program budgets and volunteers

Polk County History Center - Bartow, FL - Curator of Education and Programs

June–October 2013

  • Developed, planned, and led the Center’s most successful family programs, bringing hundreds of new visitors to the museum
  • Provided information and assistance to Center guests as a primary contact for the public
  • Partnered with local groups to provide programming and support for new initiatives
  • Trained and supervised interns and volunteers

Burlington County Historical Society - Burlington, NJ - Program Specialist

July 2010–June 2013

  • Developed school programs created to provide engaging experiences while meeting academic standards
  • Scheduled and implemented programs for adults, families, school groups, and scout troops
  • Exhibit research, development, construction and creation of interactive components for families and children
  • Training and supervision of interns and volunteers
  • Worked closely with Board of Trustees and advisory committees to implement new ideas and initiatives
  • Assist Executive Director with various responsibilities including grant writing, collections management, building and grounds work, and public relations
  • Creation of marketing materials
  • Social media coordinator

Fenimore Art Museum - Cooperstown, NY - Education Consultant

February 2011–May 2012

  • Designed books on collection pieces for sale in the gift shop
  • Created family activity bags for temporary and permanent exhibits

The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum - Cooperstown, NY - Education Associate

June 2009–December 2009, March—July 2010

  • Created Art Carts featuring hands on activities for children and families for exhibits including the Thaw Collection of Native American Art
  • Created school programs for NY History Day
  • Developed and implemented programs and tours of exhibits
  • Created and implemented summer art program for children
  • Supervised volunteers, museum educators, and graduate students
  • Organized public program events including recruiting vendors, arranging setup and cleanup, booking speakers and managing finances

Milwaukee Public Museum - Milwaukee, WI - Education Intern

June 2008–August 2008

  • Revised education programs and applied academic standards
  • Created activity book and marketing materials for public overnights
  • Assisted Head Educator as needed, including special events, summer camps, and professional development workshops

My Education

Cooperstown Graduate Program - Cooperstown, NY - State University of New York at Oneonta/New York State Historical Association

M.A. History Museum Studies

Graduation: May 2009

  • Student/Faculty Research Grant
  • Thesis: More Than Just Home Base: Community Relations Between the Racine Belles and Residents of Racine, WI

University of Missouri-St. Louis - St. Louis, MO

B.A. History • Minors: Archaeology, American Studies • GPA 3.934/4.00

Graduation: May 2007

  • Pierre Laclede Honors College
  • George Rawick Award in History for Undergraduate Work


“More Than Just Home Base: Community Relations Between the Racine Belles and Residents of Racine, WI,” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, In Press.

Review of “We Were the All-American Girls,” by Jim Sargent. NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 22, no. 2.

Review of “Intimate Apparel,” by Jill Fields. Material Culture 42, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 91.

Other Experience

Cooperstown Graduate Program - Cooperstown, NY - Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant

August 2008–May 2009

  • Supervised recruitment mailings for shipment
  • Researched, wrote, and photographed for newsletter and website
  • Developed marketing materials for exhibits at the Fenimore Art Museum
  • Photograph and image research for professor's book
  • Successfully nominated exhibit for Upstate History Alliance Award

State University of New York at Oneonta Planetarium - Oneonta, NY - Exhibition Project Leader

January 2009–May 2009

  • Developed exhibition on History of the Telescope
  • Designed exhibit panels and interactive components
  • Managed team, budgets, and client relations throughout project

Missouri Historical Society - St. Louis, MO - Historyonics Intern

January 2004—May 2004

  • Developed curriculum and study guides for theatre productions
  • Performed daily office management tasks including mass mailings, answering calls, and scheduling

Campbell House Museum - St. Louis, MO - Intern

August 2006–December 2006

  • Managed and updated computer artifact database, including photographing furniture, textile, book, and decorative artifact collections

Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation - St. Louis, MO - Administrative Assistant

February 2005–December 2005

  • Created biannual newsletter from concept to print
  • Primary contact for members, associates, and potential members
  • Planned recruitment events
  • Researched Missouri's Civil War history for driving trail signs


Scriven Fellowship
Cooperstown Graduate Program

Louis C. Jones Fellowship
Cooperstown Graduate Program

Curator's Scholarship
UM-St. Louis


American Association of Museums

American Association of State and Local History

International Museum Theatre Alliance

Skills & Software

Skills & Certifications

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Level 2 Background Screened
  • Stop the Bleed
  • OSHA General Industry
  • Spanish - Low Intermediate

Software Proficiency

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Audacity
  • Microsoft Office
  • PastPerfect
  • iMovie