MUSEUM OF THE SOUTHWEST
Zach Coker is the Director of the Blakemore Planetarium and Brown Science Center, as well as and lead science educator for the Museum of the Southwest. He studied Astronomy, Astrophysics, Aerospace Engineering, Geology, Paleontology, and 3D Animation/Visual Effects for simulation from 3 different universities - Georgia Tech, Columbus State University, and SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). He has over 15 years of experience working as a scientific educator in planetariums, as well as working for military defense contractors, and as a corporate graphic designer. Beyond being director of the Blakemore Planetarium and Brown Science Center, Zach also owns his own paleontology company that specializes in dinosaur reconstructions for museums, other educational facilities, and private collectors.
Annelorre Robertson is the director of Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum, as well as the lead children’s art and history educator at the Museum of the Southwest. She studied Art History, Texas History, Painting, Sculpture, Jewelry, Drawing and Ceramics at 3 different universities- McMurry University, Abilene Christian University and the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas where she earned her BFA in Studio Arts. Annelorre has over 20 years of experience in art and history education in museums and universities. Beyond being the director of the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum, she serves as the Secretary for the Midland Downtown Farmers Market Board of Directors, volunteers at Recording Library of West Texas and many other local nonprofit organizations. She also owns her own ceramics studio, Artisan’s Artifacts, where she focuses on creating functional Pottery. When she is not working with the Midland community, Annelorre enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband of 23 years and their four Blue Heelers.
Melissa Rowland has over 10 years experience in visual art education in grades K-12. She holds a Bachelors of Art and Master of the Arts in Teaching from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Mrs. Rowland obtained Principal Certification from Texas Woman's University and completed doctoral work in Art Education at the University of North Texas. Her dissertation is titled Teaching Art Educators to Engage in Action Research to Address Teacher-Identified Issues in the Classroom. Mrs. Rowland has a love and passion for art and education that comes across in her work with learners of all ages.
SIBLEY NATURE CENTER
Jeremy B. Clothier
Education Program Coordinator
Sibley Nature Center
Jeremy B. Clothier is the Education Program Coordinator at Sibley Nature Center. A native of Tennessee, he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tennessee Tech University. For the next few years he pursued his love of education in the outdoors through multiple internships. He presented and developed environmental education programming in National Wildlife Refuges, bird observatories, private nature centers, and non-profits. His desire to become a better educator brought him to Oregon where he earned his Master of Science in Environmental Education and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. Shortly after graduation he accepted the Coordinator position at Sibley Nature Center, and has loved every minute of it. He is fascinated by the subtle beauty of West Texas, and is excited to bring his experience and passion for the outdoors to the programs at Sibley Nature Center.
Sarah is a Program Associate at Sibley Nature Center. Having long held a love for nature she completed her degree in Wildlife Management in 2012 from University of Wyoming. She discovered the joys of teaching while interning at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. She used live birds to share her love of nature with other people. Since then, she held an intern position at “Ding” Darling NWR and completed her M.S. in Environmental Education at Southern Oregon University. Sarah oversees the Youth and Family Garden at Sibley Nature Center and assists with Sibley’s Education Programs.
WTHS CO-OP MEMBER FACILITATORS
I am a mom to four kiddos who love to make messes! I love color, mixing color, and watching kids delight in making messes.
Janine is a home school graduate who now home schools a 10th grader, 6th grader and Kindergartner. She's been in Toastmasters since 2008 and is a two-time speech contest winner. Janine served as Area Director and is currently holding the office of Vice President of Public Relations. She's currently writing a book and plans to do speaking engagements once it's published. She's excited to share her love of Toastmasters with the next generation.
Stephanie Shreffler grew up with a love of music, playing piano and clarinet since childhood. She majored in music education, teaching band to K-12 grades for one year. After playing and singing in the 4th Infantry Division Band at Fort Hood for four years, her Master of Ethnomusicology led her to live with and study the Miskitu Indians of Honduras. Although she loves music as an art and as a personal indulgence, Stephanie finds the true value of music to be an expression of culture. Music can be studied to learn about culture, and music can be used to express one's own culture and individuality.
Brenna is mom to two girls, aged 5 and 3, and a colorful flock of parrots. She manages the accounting and administrative side of an agricultural aviation business that she owns with her husband. As a teen she worked in a day care after school and during the summers which provided some hands-on experience and a fondness for the little learners. She loves travelling to foreign countries, exploring museums, zoos, state parks, and rarely turns down a road trip or an adventure to see something new and exciting. Her hobbies include a passion for goldsmithing, as well as sewing, archery, and trying new recipes in the kitchen.