Ethan Lobdell, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ethan grew up in the New Hampshire North Country on a Christmas Tree farm. After attending Vassar College, where he majored in Computer Science, he spent summers working in Costa Rica, Cape Cod, and school years as a teacher at a New York boarding school and New Hampshire public school. Upon moving to Jackson, Ethan worked at Teton Science Schools for 13 years in a multitude of teaching and leadership roles. Ethan taught high school and middle school in the areas of science, computer programming, engineering, design, and math and served as the cross-campus Middle School Division Head and Director of Student and Family Experience. He enjoys most outdoor adventures when he gets to spend that time with his wife and dog or with friends. He also enjoys cooking food from all around the world - particularly middle eastern and indian food of late. He has been a volunteer with Teton County Search and Rescue since 2010 and loves the opportunity to help the community in times of need. He will complete his Master’s of Science in Decision Analysis next year. Ethan’s passion for education, his connections and commitment to the Jackson Hole community, and his extraordinary skills in leadership and strategic-thinking make him a perfect match for JHCM.
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 loves working at the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum where she can pair her office and organizational skills with the educational mission and vitality of the Museum.
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!
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!
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.