Katy Adams, Education Director
Katy Adams joined the Ecology Center's education team in 2014. Advanced degrees in biology and education complement over 10 years of teaching in classrooms and nature centers, and practical experience as a field ecologist and toxicologist. She has taught students of all ages. The Network of Michigan Educators nominated Katy as a Teacher of Promise, she was granted a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to support completion of her Master's in Science Teaching, and her conservation-based early childhood work has been recognized at national conferences. Currently she is working toward a doctorate in Ecojustice Education at Eastern Michigan University.
MacKenzie Maxwell has served as an Environmental Educator at the Ecology Center for more than a year. She has presented over 150 tours at the Materials Recovery Facility, focusing on recycling, composting, and solid-waste management issues. Using her training as a Certified Interpretive Guide, she has developed and presented numerous hands-on, interactive programs on a wide-variety of environmental topics from wetlands to toxics to audiences from preschoolers to seniors. While in college, Mackenzie concentrated in Community Engagement and Education. She holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from Michigan State University. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and exploring the outdoors.
Michelle is a native of Chicago, completing her senior year at the University of Michigan. She is majoring in environmental science and urban planning. Her hobbies include nature walks, playing the violon, and gardening.
Gwen is a first year Master's student at the University of Michigan, studying Conservation Ecology. She has international research experience in Nepal, Tailand, and New Zealand, and worked as naturalist with the Minnesota Zoo's educational programs.
Published on February 2, 2015