The DNALC's multi-disciplinary staff has experience in elementary, secondary, and collegiate instruction; biochemistry and molecular biological research; computer programming; design, photography, fine arts, and interior design; science journalism; public relations and development; and opinion research.

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Erin McKechnie

Middle School Educator

It was in the wilderness of the Champlain Valley, in Vermont, that I discovered a path to my future. Although I have always been concerned with the environment, it was an introduction course to botany that pushed me to enhance my scientific knowledge in the field. While living in Burlington and attending the University of Vermont, I began to explore nature preserves and became fond of hiking. Whether I was gathering specimens for plant collections, spending time on the trail of Mt. Mansfield, or in the library working, I was learning to appreciate the world around me. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science, I returned to New York and began working at the New York Botanical Garden. I now have a Master’s in Education as well and will be working on a doctorate in the future.

I have been working at the DNALC for 15 years as both a middle and high school educator. As the Middle School Education Manager, I also coordinate the booking of classes from over 100 schools. I find it rewarding to teach children about the world of science, and love how the information I share literally opens their eyes to the magnificent world that surrounds them. With literacy in the language of DNA, these young minds have already taken great steps towards a better future.

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