Schelly is the Executive Director of the Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur, Alabama.
She has been a member of EEAA for one year since moving from Texas. While in Texas, she was a seven-year board member with the Informal Science Education Association (ISEA) of Texas.
Her post-secondary education:
Graduate Certificate in Free Choice Learning & Natural Resources from Oregon State University, 2014
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies, Biology Major & Education Minor from Dallas Baptist University, 2011
Baccalaureate Degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the Montessori Teachers Institute, 1998
Her additional certifications:
Graduate of Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) Class of 2015
Motivation-Based Interviewing (MBI) Course—August 2014
Quality Teaching & Learning: Observing & Evaluating Science Programs—Perot Museum & Big Thought—March 2013
Certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) earned from Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI), through National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG)
Certified Texas Master Naturalist – Blackland Prairie Chapter, McKinney, Texas
American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Level One Kayak Instructor
US Coast Guard & Texas Parks and Wildlife Boater Safety Trained
Certified Leave No Trace Master Educator from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Trained in Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Skills through International Wildlife Rehabilitators Coalition (IWRC)
Recognized as an Environmental Educator by Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC)
Certified Facilitator in several Environmental Education Curricula
Her experiences in environmental education:
I have been in Environmental Education for over 20 years now. My experiences are vast and numerous and have been a whole lot of fun! Below are some but not all of my EE experiences…
Training Trail Guides, volunteers, and staff
Leading Boy Scout Workshops and Merit Badge courses, Forester (Tree ID), Naturalist, Geology, Environmental Science to name a few.
Leading EE Professional Development Workshops for Teachers (i.e…Project WILD, Wet, PLT, etc)
Grant reader for EPA Environmental Education Grants
Outward Bound survival course (The Maine Challenge)
NOLS, WMI, Leave No Trace and NAI Certifications
Started a whole outdoor program called Eco-Adventures with nothing but grant money (close to $200,000). This was a canoe, kayak, camping, and hiking program that combined learning outdoor skills with science skills. Teaching students practical outdoor skills while exposing them to field methods of data collection, bio-diversity inventories, and water quality testing.
Lead multi-day trips to Big Bend National Park, and kayaking down the Brazos River
Judge for State Fish Art Contest in Texas for many years and recently the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest in Alabama for the first time! Very fun!
Organized and lead night hikes, wetland canoe trails, and overnight camping events.
Been to LOTS of Legacy EE Workshops, which have been invaluable to helping me grasp the unique beauty and bio-diversity that is Alabama.
Written EE lesson plans. More that I can remember.
Her goals for EEAA:
My passion is natural science, environmental education and science education in general. My goals for being involved with EEAA would be to contribute to growing the organization, increasing its reach and influence with regard to informal and formal science teachers. I feel a goal to build strong relationships between public schools and the resources available at informal organizations is vital. I also feel that it is important to mentor the next generation of informal science and environmental educators that will be taking our places someday. Having been involved with a similar sized organization with a very closely matched mission I would love the opportunity to serve EEAA.