Kinder Camp Staff


Kyna - Assistant

Hello! My name is Kyna [pronounced KIN-UH]. I just graduated from Trinity Lutheran College with my Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a double major in Visual Communications. I was a competitive jump roper in high school; I can do a handstand with a jump rope! One of my all-time favorite memories was getting to go on an African safari and watching a pride of lions hunt at dusk. My favorite zoo animal as you may have guessed, is the lion!

Gillian - Instructor

Hi, I'm Gillian! I graduated from the University of Washington a year ago with a degree in early childhood education. Since then I have been teaching preschoolers and after-school kindergarteners in Bellevue. I was a Zoo Corps volunteer here for four years and a Kinder Camp assistant for two summers. I love animals, exploring nature, and penguins! I'm excited to be back at the zoo after a summer away and can't wait to meet everybody!

Ryan - Assistant

Hi, my name's Ryan and I am very excited for the summer! I can't wait to start teaching the kids about one of my biggest passions- nature. In the summer you'll find me volunteering at park clean ups or trail restorations- anything I can do to be out in the forest. Hiking and backpacking are among my favorite activities and my favorite animals are bears, especially the mighty grizzly! I'm very much looking forward to learning with my new friends!

Julia - Instructor

My name is Julia, and I’m thrilled to be an Instructor with Kinder Camp this summer! I love working with kids, and I spent my college summers as a YMCA camp counselor. After graduation, I went home to California and spent a wonderful year working at a preschool. I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Museology at UW, but in my free time I love to dance and explore Seattle. I can’t wait to spend the summer playing and learning with Kinder Campers!


Tabby - Assistant

Hi my name is Tabby! I am a junior at Gonzaga University majoring in French and English. I honestly cannot think of a better way to spend my summer than at the Woodland Park Zoo teaching and having fun with kids. I've worked with children since I was 11 and am currently the Homework Club Coordinator for my Job at Catholic Charities in Spokane.  This is my first year with Kinder Camps and I’m beyond excited for all the new memories to begin!

Katie - Instructor

Hi! My name is Katie. I grew up in California, but decided to move to Seattle five years ago. Last year, I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Elementary Education. Last summer I had a blast with the Kinder Campers and I am excited for my 2nd summer at Woodland Park Zoo as a Kinder Camp instructor. I love to learn about animals and their habitats, play fun games and sing silly camp songs.

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