Jean Lewis, Executive Director
Jean moved to Jackson to participate in Teton Science School's Graduate Residency Program. Since receiving her Masters of Science in Education from Montana State University, Jean has taught K-2nd grade at Journeys School and GED enrichment classes for CLIMB Wyoming. Jean loves working in education and has a passion for working with nonprofits, like JHCM, that are bettering our community. During her free time, Jean enjoys exploring and playing with her family. As a Founding Family member of JHCM, Jean believes deeply in its educational mission and the services that it provides for the community. Her favorite space at JHCM is the Creature Corner, where she can observe Speedy, the resident turtle.
Sara Fagan, Operations Director
Sara landed her dream job at the JH Children’s Museum. She brings 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management and leadership, including work at Teton Science Schools, Teton Valley Foundation and Duke University. Passionate about volunteering for her local community, she has also served on nonprofit boards in many capacities. She received a B.A. and B.S. in Botany from Miami University (Ohio) and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. Sara enjoys running, dabbling with art, and exploring the outdoors with her family. Her favorite part of the Museum is the Mountain Market, as she has many childhood memories of playing grocery store.
Hatilie Anderson Lemke, Education Director and Lead Teacher
Hatilie grew up playing in the mountains right here in Jackson, Wyoming. At a young age she discovered her love of nature and science through mountain adventures with her friends, and through science field trips to Teton Science Schools. Hatilie attended every Teton Science Schools program that exists, including the graduate program for environmental educators, where she discovered her passions for place-based, inquiry-based and project-based learning. After teaching K-2 at the Journeys School for five years, Hatilie brought two boys into the world who inspire her every day to keep exploring our place through the eyes of the best scientists in the world...children! Here at the Museum, Hatilie gets to guide young scientists and artists, through their own imaginations and curiosity, on interactive, deeply-engaging and messy learning adventures. She feels so lucky to be an equal partner with her students in the realization that learning can be so FUN!
Gina Kyle, Operations Manager
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Gina is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Education. Gina moved to Jackson shortly after graduating from Bowdoin to follow her love of the outdoors. Twenty plus years later, Gina still loves living and playing in our amazing valley, but now shares this passion with her husband Ted, daughter Avery, and son Emmett. During that time, Gina gained invaluable office and systems experience working in the title insurance industry. Throughout her career, Gina has kept her passion for working with kids alive as a volunteer tutor with the Teton Literacy Center, classroom volunteer with Teton County School District, and mom who keeps the family on track. She is excited to be a member of the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum where she can pair her office and organizational skills with the educational mission and vitality of the Museum.
Tessa Lindman, Afterschool & PreK Coordinator, and Lead Teacher
The first time Tessa visited Jackson, the Tetons awed her, but what really stuck was the strong sense of community – this is why she is thrilled to be working for the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. Tessa received her B.A. at Western Washington University in Recreation, focusing in outdoor education, community development, travel and tourism, and therapeutic recreation for all ages. She has worked in programming for the last decade; through this she discovered that enriching the lives of others through exploratory learning is her passion. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest from a young age, she has been immersed in the beauty of the outdoors; this is where she draws her inspiration from. She believes in interactive teaching, and encourages children to ask questions and use their imaginations at all times!
Anna Luhrmann, Afterschool & STEAM Lead Teacher
Growing up in New England, Anna discovered her passion for exploratory and experiential learning by playing in the mud and moss of deciduous forests, and building fairy houses and forts in her backyard. Pursuing a hands-on education in the natural sciences, Anna attended Eckerd College, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Her love for wildlife and wild places then brought her to Grand Teton National Park where she attended Teton Science Schools’ Graduate Program. Anna completed her Master’s Degree in Natural Science Education and Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate experiences Anna worked in a variety of educational settings including classrooms, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and non-profit organizations. Seeking a career in informal education with an organization that fosters experiential learning and hands-on science exploration, Anna found her dream job at the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum.
America Martinez, Weekend Front Desk Coordinator
America grew up in Jackson where she immediately fell in love with the natural beauties it offered. America enjoys hiking, skiing, and has a passion for learning. She is currently a high school student and is the Business Captain of the Jackson Hole RoboBroncs robotics team. She is also a team leader in the Latina Leadership Club and the newly-appointed student school board member. America would like to study linguistics and attend Trinity College in Connecticut where her dream is to study abroad in France. After getting a job at the JHCM she is inspired to work with kids and combine her love for language with children.
Mikenna Smith, Weekend Front Desk Coordinator
Mikenna moved to Jackson in 2018 after completing her MS in agricultural science from Hohenheim University in Stuttgart, Germany. Originally from Utah, she missed the mountains after living in a big city so after graduating she decided to move back to the U.S. if it meant she could live in Jackson. Here she loves to ski, kayak, backpack and play outside with her pup, Bridger. She has a BS in environmental science and biology and is pursuing her second MS in entomology. Mikenna has a passion for science and loves being at the Children’s Museum where young minds are given the opportunity to learn, explore, and create.