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Jenna John
Camp Instructor
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Jenna has recently graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S in microbiology and an education minor. She has moved back home to Eugene to pursue a teaching license to become a high school biology teacher and is working at ESC while pursuing that goal. This is her first year as a Eugene Science Center camp instructor but has worked as a summer camp instructor in Bend OR, and as a school-aged teacher for kids at the Eugene Family YMCA. She also volunteered for ESC summer camps in high school and is excited to be able to return as an instructor. She is looking forward to having some awesome science fun with kids this summer and get her annual summer sunburn! In her free time, she can often be found doing arts and crafts, playing board games, and obsessing about arcade claw machine victories.

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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 9 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, hike, read, draw, and listen to geeky podcasts. This is Alena’s second summer at the Science Center!

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Karyn Knecht
Education Director
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This year marks Karyn’s fourth summer with Eugene Science Center, and her sixth 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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Greta Nelson
Camp Instructor
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Ms. Greta is back! Ten years ago, Greta began as a volunteer at ESC’s summer camps. Seven years ago, she began working nearly full time year round in education and guest relations at the museum. She took a position at a museum in Nebraska in fall of 2019…. and we all know how 2020 went for everyone.
Currently a behavior specialist in the Eugene 4J school district at Edgewood Elementary and an ESC education moonlighter, with over a decade of formal and informal education, Greta is so excited to be back at Eugene Science Center full time for summer camps! With her degree from U of O in Archaeology and Paleontology, and an infectious love for all science phenomena, Greta loves getting her hands dirty exploring all scientific phenomena with her students.

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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 three 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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Mike Schwab
Camp Instructor
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This is Mike’s second year as a Eugene Science Center Summer Camp Instructor. 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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Haley Shields
Camp Assistant/ Instructor

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Haley is a student at the UO studying Anthropology and Geology. She’ll be graduating next year on her way to becoming a Science Communicator. Haley has grown up in Eugene and loves the city. She is a returning camp assistant to the Eugene Science Center and is thrilled to come back for a 6th year of helping with summer camps! When Haley isn’t studying or working hard, she is most likely hanging out with her friends, playing video games, and listening to podcasts. Please ask Haley about her favorite boys: her two cats Apollo and Lucas, and she’ll show you about a hundred photos.

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Grace Works
Camp Instructor
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It has been Grace’s passion to support children in attaining their education goals. She has spent over 8 years either volunteering or working with children and knows that serving youth is where she truly belongs. Since graduating, she has been a science educator with organizations such as Teach for America and KIPP schools where she pursued her passion and commitment to education equity and social justice. Grace originally comes from Kansas, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology at Kansas State University. During her time in college, Grace worked with her local juvenile intake program, volunteered with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), volunteered with youth in South Africa, and worked with a literacy program for local families.
Some of her interests include spending time with family, travel, coffee, books, baking, Disney, and Harry Potter.

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