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Cady Wills
Camp Instructor
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After living in Montana and New Zealand, Cady moved to Eugene in 2018 in order to start a Master’s in special education at the University of Oregon. With her graduation in June, she is excited to have a fun, creative and explorative summer with the community. She is passionate about educational policy and making sure that all students have opportunities for success. This will be Cady’s fourth summer being a camp counselor, but her first at the Eugene Science Center. In her free time, Cady enjoys exploring the mountains, forests and ocean in Oregon by hiking and camping, as well as hammocking and reading all things special education. She is extremely excited to see what this summer has in store for her and the campers!

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Jess Thompson
Camp Instructor
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Jess is a current University of Oregon senior. She is an enthusiastic believer of following your curiosity and investing in a life full of strange wonders. Through this mentality, Jess has found herself to be a published creative writer, an almost-fluent German speaker, a derby car mechanic, a private pilot, a world traveler, and the kind of person who never stops asking questions. She believes the secret to life is believing in magic – after all, isn’t science just real life magic?

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Karyn Knecht
Education Director
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This year marks Karyn’s third summer with Eugene Science Center, and her fifth year supervising summer camps at a science museum. Originally from Tennessee, Karyn moved to Eugene in 2017 and immediately felt at home in the community. She is passionate about making STEM learning fun, engaging, and inspiring for kids of all ages and identities. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, volunteering at Greenhill Humane Society, playing board games with friends, and traveling to places with great seafood.

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Kristina Sherry
Camp Instructor
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Originally a volunteer with ESC, this will be Kristina’s second year as a summer camp instructor. During the school year, while working part time at ESC, she works as a substitute teacher for all subjects and grade levels throughout Lane County. She is passionate about the education of young children and aspires to be a full-time educator. As a native Oregonian, Kristina loves to go on hikes, dance, visit the coast, read books, and snuggle with her cat.

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Mike Schwab
Camp Instructor
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This is Mike’s first time as a Eugene Science Center Summer Camp Instructor, although he has been a volunteer with the science center for a couple years. He held a similar job at a cool place called Astrocamp in Southern California. He has a wide variety of experience teaching youth, such as when he was an After School Program Leader at Kelly Middle School. He earned a degree in Meteorology from the University of Northern Colorado, so feel free to ask him about weather. He’s excited about sharing his love for learning and having fun with science this Summer.

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Nok “Alena” Jones
Camp Instructor
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Nok (rhymes with ‘oak’) “Alena” moved to Eugene from her hometown of McMinnville almost 8 years ago for college and has been in love with the city ever since. When she started college, she wanted to become an astronomer but became distracted by a long term goal of making science accessible to all after struggling herself with the way some professors and teachers taught the subject. In her free time, Alena likes to play video games, making Japanese and Math lesson plans online for fun, hiking, reading, drawing, and making cookies.

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Wyler “Bear” Scamman
Camp Instructor
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Bear attended University of New England in Maine and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Sciences: Oceanography as well as a Minor in Education.
During his senior year Bear worked in a Chemistry Lab researching DNA Testing protocols. Bear moved to Oregon in 2016 and started volunteering at the Eugene Science Center shortly after. Bear has been on staff as an educator for two and a half years now as well as a Birthday Party Facilitator. Bear loves engaging kids in science to better understand the world around us and bring a conscious sense of wonder to how everything works. In his free time, Bear enjoys playing board games and going swing dancing with friends. Most mornings he is woken up by his four-legged companion Bandit who is a 15-pound tuxedo colored cat he rescued off the streets a couple years ago.

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