Zooper Camp Staff Bios


Shanon - Instructor/Lead

Hello! My name is Shanon and this is my second summer at Woodland Park Zoo! I am so excited to get another wonderful summer underway. I graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and have been working at the zoo for the past year in camps and outreach education. I love teaching people about animals, nature and getting to spend every day of the summer outside!!

Patti - Instructor /Lead

Heyo! My name is Patti and this is my fourth summer at the zoo. I recently received my Master's in teaching, and have been substituting in the Kent School District. My first two summers at the zoo, were in DDC. Then, I was a Zooper Instructor. This summer, I will be supporting camp staff and campers in discovering the awesomeness that is the ZOO! I am very proud of my repertoire of camp songs (borrowed from many past campers). I am so looking forward to our summer together.

Kathie – Registrar/Instructor

Hi there campers! My name is Kathie and I have been working with Zooper for 9 years!  I fell in love with animals while at Humboldt State University getting a degree in Anthropology.  Every day my favorite animal changes and I love to learn new cool facts about different animals!  Everyday should be an adventure and I look forward to sharing a new adventure with all of you!

Sarah - Coordinator

Hi! I am Sarah. I graduated from Western Washington University, where I studied anthropology and elementary education. I have always loved the zoo.  I started volunteering as a teenager, then worked as a camp instructor for four years and now I work at the zoo year round as a coordinator!  I love playing board games, hiking, tide-pooling, and anything purple. My favorite animals are always changing as I learn more cool facts about them. I look forward to sharing them with you as we explore the zoo!

Britt - DDC Coordinator

Hi! My name is Britt and I'm so excited to be back for my eighth summer as a Little Cheese! I'm a native Seattle girl and spent lots of time exploring the zoo when I was camper-sized. As a grown-up, I graduated from UW and now I'm on faculty at Seattle Children's Theatre! Most of the year I tour the country performing in lots of different shows. When you see me, ask me why I think the slow loris is the coolest animal on the planet!

Jessie - Coordinator

Greetings, campers and families! My name is Jessie, and I cannot wait to jump into summer camp with you!  I am returning to my hometown of Seattle this year after a few years of living in Michigan. When I’m not playing and learning at the zoo, you’ll find me geocaching, kayaking, beachcombing, or trying to be crafty.  My favorite animal changes every day – I can’t choose just one! – but turkey vultures have a special place in my heart. 

Margaret - Supervisor

My name is Margaret and I am “The Big Cheese!” That means I am in charge of all of the camps at the zoo. I am so excited to welcome you to Camp at the zoo! I have been a supervisor at Woodland Park Zoo for 17 years and this is my tenth summer in charge of summer day camps. I love working with camps and creating fun, engaging opportunities for kids.  I cannot wait to see all my returning friends this summer and to meet many new friends at camp!

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