I was born into a family of animal lovers. My first playmates were two orange tabby cats whose gentleness and affection instilled in me a life-long connection to animals.
Cats were part of my family my entire childhood, and when I was six, my grandparents bought a farm in western Virginia where I spent large parts of my summers interacting with their cows, pigs, chickens, cats and dogs.
When I was 15, my best friend helped get me a job as a veterinary assistant at the clinic where she worked. She went on to become a veterinarian, while I chose to study animal behavior and zoology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. I also got my first taste of teaching through special “Days in the Lab” hosted by the college for local middle school girls and minority students.
Since then, my passion for both animals and education has led me to many wonderful opportunities, including the completion of a graduate program in museum studies at Harvard University.
In 2004, combining years of animal care, education, and administrative experience, I launched Teaching Creatures. It’s been a wild ride ever since!