Seminars on Science
Courtney Vowels


Courtney stands in front of the colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. ©AMNH

Courtney has been teaching Seminars on Science courses since 2007. She loves how these courses connect people from all over the country, with varying science backgrounds and teaching experience, providing a forum where we can all support and learn from each other.

An experienced educator in museum and classroom settings and in various subject areas, Courtney is currently Director of Education at Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA. She received her BA in art history & visual arts from Columbia University and her MSEd in museum education from Bank Street College of Education. Courtney is a certified elementary teacher in New York and Washington States and has adjunct faculty status at Seattle Pacific University and Western Governors University.

Previously a lifelong New Yorker, Courtney was an educator for the American Museum of Natural History's Moveable Museum outreach program, where she had the unusual responsibility of driving and teaching out of a 37-foot RV. (Moveable Museum vehicles cover topics including anthropology, astronomy, and paleontology, providing free, hands-on museum experiences to K-12 students across the five boroughs of NYC.) She has also taught in public and independent elementary schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Seattle, and was an educator at Wave Hill, a garden and cultural center in the Bronx.

Courtney lives in Seattle with her husband John Garnevicus, a high school physics, math, and astronomy teacher, and their amazing daughter Eden, born in October 2010.

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