COURSE INSTRUCTOR

Courtney Vowels

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

Born and raised in New York, Courtney and her family spent seven years in Seattle, WA before moving back to the East Coast in 2014. After spending the majority of her career as a museum educator focused on K-12 and adult education, she moved into the world of early childhood education in 2017, and is currently a head preschool teacher at a school and community center in Brooklyn.

Previously, Courtney worked at Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA in several different roles, including Director of Education. Prior to that, she 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 retrofitted with a museum inside of it. (The Moveable Museum vehicles covered topics including anthropology, astronomy, and paleontology, providing free, hands-on museum experiences to K-12 students and community groups across the five boroughs of NYC.) Courtney has also taught in public and independent elementary schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Seattle, and served as a science educator at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx, and at Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, a museum and event venue in Seattle.

Courtney received her BA in art history and visual arts from Columbia University and her MSEd in museum education from Bank Street College of Education, both in New York. She has earned elementary teacher certification in New York and Washington states, adjunct faculty status at Seattle Pacific University and Western Governors University, and is a certified educator in lactation and baby-wearing as well as a licensed bartender. She lives in Brooklyn with her spouse, who is a high school science teacher, and their two children.