I was born and raised in Wyoming where I had the privilege of spending ample time outdoors as a child hiking and camping with my family. After leaving home for college, I realized how impactful those moments were in shaping my own passion and care for the natural world, and wanted to support others in connecting with and caring for our local environments. This led me to my path as an environmental educator and now to the Hawaii Nature Center.
After graduating from Western Washington University in 2021 with a degree in environmental science and a minor in environmental education, I worked as a naturalist and educator in Washington, Alaska, and here in Hawaii. My favorite moments as an environmental educator are watching the curiosity and wonder grow as students begin to see nature with new eyes. In my free time, I enjoy being out on the trails hiking as well as watercolor painting, especially during sunset at the beach.