Gateway to Science is pleased to announce the recent restructuring of our Outreach Program. A new “team approach” will provide additional staffing and expertise to allow us to reach even more children and families. Outreach includes everything from the exhibits gallery to clubs and camps to special family events. Gateway to Science serves approximately 12,000 visitors and program participants each year, so you can imagine how much effort is involved in outreach! This exciting restructuring has resulted in the promotion of one employee and the addition of another.
Meredith Traeholt has been promoted to Program Coordinator. Meredith was hired in May 2011 as Program Assistant, working closely with Christie Weixel until Christie’s resignation last summer. As Program Coordinator, Meredith will be responsible for the exhibits gallery as well as planning and presenting special events. She is currently working on all the exciting family events coming up this summer, including The Sound of Science, Family Rocket Day and Bubble Bliss.
Arin Casavant has been hired to fill the new position of Educational Outreach Coordinator with the responsibility of outreach to schools and teachers and planning out of school time (OST) educational opportunities for students of all ages. You may already know Arin as our Young Scientists Club and Preschool Discovery Hour leader. In addition to organizing 12 Gateway to Science camps this summer, Arin will also be out in the community at events like Summer Reading Kickoff and Urban Harvest.
Although Meredith and Arin each have their own areas of responsibility, they will also work together on many aspects of programming. We expect great things from this outstanding team!
~Beth Demke, Executive Director