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Courtney Vowels

Courtney Vowels

Lower School Science
BA, Columbia University MSEd, Bank Street College of Education
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Courtney has been a part of the AFS community since 2021. She has been an educator and program manager in a variety of museums and schools over her career, most recently as an online course instructor and course manager for the American Museum of Natural History’s (New York, NY) Seminars on Science program, teaching graduate-level science courses for teachers. Previously she was director of education, among other roles, at Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), a natural science educator at Wave Hill (Bronx, NY) and the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center (Seattle, WA), and has been a classroom teacher in preschool and elementary settings including JCC Brooklyn and the Dalton School (both in NYC).

What Courtney finds most meaningful in her profession: I am an enthusiastic lifelong learner, and love getting to ignite and feed that spark of joy in learning in others. And I love the way that my students, of all ages, always have something to teach me!”

Fun fact about Courtney: I started at the American Museum of Natural History as an educator for the Moveable Museum program, where I drove a 37-foot RV retrofitted with a museum inside of it around the five boroughs of NYC.”