PAWS Education Team: Katie Amrhein, MEd | AJ Chlebnik, MS | Nikko Shaw
PAWS' Kids Who Care program visits 4th grade classrooms for six consecutive weeks, measuring attitudes towards animals both before and after the program. By developing meaningful relationships with the students over this timeframe and using effective pre- and post-surveys, PAWS gathers data that is useful for curriculum development and grant funding. Session participants will learn about the benefits and strategies of a multiple exposure program and their implications for grant funding and curriculum development, and they will identify ways to modify these ideas for use at their own organization.
About our Speakers:
Katie Amrhein, MEd - Education Coordinator, PAWS
Katie Amrhein holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a certificate in Education for the Environment and Community. She has taught and coordinated education programs in a variety of environmental and animal welfare organizations for 10 years. Katie’s enthusiasm for fostering empathy through education began at an early age with her love of animals and the environment. If she could be any animal, she would like to be a songbird or a squirrel.
AJ Chlebnik, MS - Education Programs Manager, PAWS
AJ Chlebnik has been in the environmental education field for the last 13 years and has worked in humane education for the last year and a half as the Education Programs Manager at PAWS. The best part of her job is being able to share the awesome work that PAWS is doing with kids and adults in the Pacific Northwest. She is the proud owner of a crazy cattle dog and a tortoiseshell cat whom she acquired when she stowed away in a moving van. If she magically turned into an animal, she’s pretty sure she would be a golden retriever.
Nikko Shaw - Educator, PAWS
Nikko Shaw is a PAWS Educator currently working toward a Master of Science in Biodiversity, Wildlife, and Ecosystem Health through the University of Edinburgh. She has six years of experience working in education, including two years at AZA-accredited facilities at Walt Disney World. Nikko is proficient at database administration and program evaluation. She is currently clicker training her cat to jump through hoops.
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