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Profile: Jenny Lando

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These are Protoceratops andrewsii, Jenny's favorite dinosaur, although they are not in the lineage that leads to birds. Protoceratops are often known as the "sheep of the Mesozoic." ©Elise Alexander

Jenny Lando was born and raised in the heart of New York City. She earned her teaching degree at Skidmore College, and her MSEd in Science Education at Hunter College. Jenny taught at a private school for five years before moving on to a position as an Assistant Coordinator of the Moveable Museum Program at the American Museum of Natural History. Her classroom was housed inside a 37-foot Winnebago, (thereby earning her the nickname of "Paleobarbie") which allowed her to bring paleontology to schools that are otherwise unable to come to the museum itself.

Most recently she was the grade 3-5 science teacher at P.S. 102Q in New York City. This challenge allowed Jenny to broaden her understanding and application of science content across many disciplines, while she continued to bring inquiry based learning to urban students.

When Jenny is not in a classroom, she can usually be found roaming the halls of art museums and small galleries exploring her love of art and art history. She volunteers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a research librarian one day a month. At other times she is found with a book in her hand. She adores her husband Alex. They met at the AMNH on the softball team, named aptly enough, the Raptors. Jenny is currently a SAHM with their children Nora and Josie. Jenny also loves shopping on eBay, scrapbooking and traveling to different cities.

One of Jenny's most memorable trips was to Wyoming as a participant in an AMNH expedition for fossil mammals. Jenny relates that she had a wonderful experience collecting data in the field under the hot sun, living in a tent filled with sand, and spending hours on her hands and knees searching for fossils, including the enameled teeth of Eocene ungulates. It was Jenny's first time out in the field, and she plans to return, if only to revisit the scent of the sagebrush, and face her fear of the elusive "Snattlerakes," which was instilled by the late Dr. Malcolm McKenna (former Curator Emeritus AMNH).

Jenny has been involved with the Seminars on Science courses since 2003.


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