ZOOPER CAMP STAFF BIOS

 

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Carlene - Assistant

Hi! My name is Carlene and this is my second summer here as a Zooper Day Camp assistant. Nothing makes me happier than being at the zoo everyday talking about animals, playing games, and making crafts with kids who share the same interests! When I'm not here at the zoo, you can find me outdoors hiking, exploring, and bird watching. I am currently a senior working on my bachelors in biology with an emphasis of zoology. Can’t wait to meet you all!

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Connor - Assistant

Hey! My name is Connor. Last summer I worked with the YMCA summer camp and have always had fascination with
the outdoors and the wild. I can hold my breath for exactly one minute, and I love playing in the mud. Two of my goals in life are to touch a polar bear and play the guitar over the Grand Canyon to hear the echo. Currently, I am in school to become a second grade teacher, and I take having fun very seriously.

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Corissa- Instructor

Hi! My name is Corrissa. I am a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a bachelor's in environmental studies. I grew up with frequent trips to Woodland Park Zoo, so words cannot describe how excited I am for the summer. I am quite passionate about animals, the environment and education. Last summer I worked as an environmental educator for the West Seattle YMCA Outdoor Camp, and it was an amazing opportunity. I look forward to experiencing the wildlife and educating our campers this summer at WPZ!

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Elizabeth - Instructor

Hello! I’m Elizabeth, I grew up in Seattle, and I’m a sophomore at WWU, where I’m studying geology. I’ve been a camp counselor for years but this is my first time at the Woodland Park Zoo and I’m so excited to be working here this summer! I absolutely love the zoo, animals, and the outdoors, and I can’t wait to meet everyone.  I’m sure we’ll have a great time at camp this summer!

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Emily G- Instructor

Hi! My name is Emily. I'm a graduate of Western Washington University with my degree in Elementary Education. I did part of my student teaching overseas in the United Kingdom, and currently teach elementary school in Lakewood. I am excited for new adventures this summer with the campers at the Woodland Park Zoo. I can't wait to see what we learn together!

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Emily O. - Assistant

Hi! My name is Emily, I grew up in Seattle and spent my childhood summers at Woodland Park Zoo! I am so excited for this summer at the Zoo! My favorite zoo friends are the red pandas! I am studying Education at the University of Washington and want to become an elementary school teacher. In my free time I enjoy hiking, baking, painting, and reading! I can't wait to meet everyone this summer!

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Haven - Instructor

Hi I’m Haven! I am going to Humboldt State University to study zoology, but my favorite part of the year is always teaching and playing all summer long at this magnificent camp. This will be my 5th year with WPZ and I absolutely live for animals and crafts. I'm very excited to share all my fun facts with your great kids and can't wait to see what I can learn from them. 

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Ian - Instructor

My name is Ian, and I am originally from Illinois. I have a degree in Biology Education from the University of Wisconsin Platteville. I have many experiences sharing the natural world with students from all over the globe;One of my favorites was being a marine animal trainer! When I am not at the zoo, I enjoy playing volleyball and watching the Chicago Blackhawks. I am ready for an exciting and fun summer with the kids of Zooper Day Camp!

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Krista - Assistant

Hi! I'm Krista and I am so excited to be a part of Woodland Park Zoo this summer! I'm originally from Maine and love living in Seattle! I'm excited to spend the summer outside, having fun and learning at one of my favorite places in the city. In my spare time I like to go on long walks with my foster dogs, bake fancy desserts and do arts and crafts. I'm passionate about conservation and can't wait to share my passion with campers this summer!

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Marlys - Instructor

Hi! My name is Marlys and I just graduated from Macalester College in Minnesota with degrees in Environmental studies and Studio Art. I worked last summer as a Zooper Instructor and had a total blast, so I’m back again! I’m excited to spend the summer talking and learning even more about all the cool animals living here. When not working as an instructor at the zoo, I enjoy painting, hiking, music, and running.

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Micah- Assistant

Hi! My name is Micah and I’m looking forward to an amazing summer with our Campers! I graduated from Pitzer College in 2013 and spent the past two years traveling and teaching. My last job was teaching music in Atlanta, GA. I’m passionate about nature and conservation, and cant wait to share my knowledge and the sense of wonder that has drawn me to wild places and creatures since childhood.I’m ready for some serious learning...and serious fun!

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Nori - Instructor

I am excited to be joining the Zooper Day Camp community as I move to Seattle! I am from the central coast of California, and attended college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, studying elementary education, Spanish and Latin American studies.  I have spent the past year working as a Naturalist, teaching at an outdoor science camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  I spend most of my time outdoors hiking, running, cycling, swimming, and gardening, and am a lover of traveling and camping.  I’m looking forward to a great summer with all of you!

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PK - Assistant

Hi, I’m PK! I’m a recent graduate from The College of Idaho, and I’m brand new to the Seattle area. I studied biology as well as anthropology, computer science, and english literature, and my favorite animal is the giant eland. As a kid I loved zoos, aquariums, and museums, and I still do! This will be my first year with Woodland Park Zoo, and I’m really excited for the opportunity to laugh and learn along with the campers.

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Rony- Assistant

Hello campers! My name is Rony, and I am excited to spend the summer in the sun (and rain) with you. I have a bachelor degree in Environmental Science from the University of Washington. After graduating, I have worked and volunteered as an environmental educator throughout the Seattle region. I love learning about nature and teaching others about it. The Pacific Northwest is the best place to live for me because nature is never too far out of reach.

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Sofia- Assistant

Hi there, my name is Sofia. I recently graduated from the University of Montana with an Ecological and Organismal Biology degree and a minor in Music Performance. I’m really excited to be working with Zooper Day Camp! I love traveling, teaching kids, and playing violin. In the biology realm I love ornithology (the study of birds!), and marine biology fascinates me especially jellyfish and sea horses!). I can’t wait to meet you all!

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Tobin - Instructor

Hi, my name is Tobin! I graduated from Northern Arizona University last May with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in chemistry. This will be my third year teaching summer camps, but my first summer at Woodland Park Zoo. I love teaching and sharing my love of the natural beauty of our world! I can't wait to share the summer with you all!

 

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Kelsey - Instructor

Hello everyone! My name is Kelsey and I'm so excited to be moving to Seattle from my hometown of Portland, OR. I have my degree in Spanish and Elementary Education from Portland State. During my studies, I spent an exchange year in Mexico. I have been working at an afterschool program and summer camp for the past two years and am looking forward to returning to the summer camp life. When I’m not traveling I can be found reading, riding my bike, or learning how to sail.

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Marissa - Instructor

Hello everyone, I'm Marissa! I finished school at the University of AZ in my hometown of Tucson last May and soon after pursued an adventure in the Pacific NW. I happily spend my days teaching in a Kindergarten classroom, but live for summers outside and have spent six years working at camps, including on a working farm! I can’t wait to spend the summer singing, learning, laughing, and having a generally wonderful time with all of you!

 

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