One of the most important values SEC offers to the community is our storied team of environmental educators. These highly-qualified professionals represent over 120 years of experience and insight, which they eagerly share through our programs for children, young adults and the community at large.
Aislinn Adams is an Irish illustrator, designer and horticulturist who has lived in Salem, Oregon since 2000. Her current work is primarily focused on botanical art, in particular the native plants of the Pacific Northwest. Aislinn also works as a part-time teacher in the 4-6th Grade Environmental Education Program at Oregon Gardens. Aislinn is a former SEC Board member.
Stephanie Craig (Wood) is our Tribal Ecology Knowledge educator (TEK). As a young Native American tribal member, she helps to educate and document cultural heritage and traditions, with a commitment to preserve cultural practices for future generations. She is an enrolled member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, and is Santiam and Yoncalla Kalapuya, Umpqua, Takelma Rogue River, Clackamas Chinook and Iroquois.
Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural anthropology with an emphasis on Northwest Native American cultures, and fulfilled her college language requirement with her Native American language, Chinuk Wawa. She also holds an interdisciplinary Masters of Arts degree comprised of coursework in cultural anthropology, museum studies and folklore studies.
Maureen Foelkl has been an educator for over thirty years with an intense passion to teach the sciences. Maureen currently teaches grade 3 and is involved with the Salem-Keizer School District leadership roles in both science and STEM education. Her students have been the recipients of over 20 grants that provided opportunities for students to conduct research off campus.
Bobbie Snead graduated cum laude from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental interpretation. She has been a park naturalist for Whatcom County and Washington State Parks as well as a wilderness leader for YMCA outdoor program for teens. Bobbie worked 19 years in the city of Salem’s Youth Environmental Education Program and develops and coordinates the children’s programs for the Straub Environmental Center. She is a lifelong naturalist and an avid hiker.
Sally White is a retired middle school teacher. She earned both her BA in education and her MS in science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her career in middle school science education spanned twenty-one years. During this time she found many opportunities to get her students in touch with nature through grant writing, networking with a regional national park and local farmers, forest managers, state agencies, and environmental and archaeological avocationalists. Sally has received educator awards and served as a presenter for teacher in-services. After moving to Oregon, Sally became involved with Straub Environmental Center and is the developer and lead teacher for the Middle School Summer Camp and assists with various other classes and events with SEC.