Ericka Gibson is the science education intern at Phipps. Ericka is currently enrolled at Chatham University seeking a degree in Early Childhood Education. She will be graduating in December of 2019. Ericka has been volunteering at Phipps since spring of 2017. She is delighted to be a part of the Science Education team. Ericka is excited to help children make new discoveries all summer long!

Emily Horner is the science education facilitator at Phipps. She earned her bachelors in parks and conservation, as well as a certification in sustainability at Slippery Rock University. Emily began at Phipps the summer of 2018 as the science education intern, and started as the science education facilitator in the summer of 2019, post-graduation. She loves teaching children about the natural world, and researching new crafts to put into lessons.

Heather Shannon is the senior program manager of Let’s Move Pittsburgh and special programs at Phipps. Heather holds an undergraduate degree in economics and public policy from Saint Vincent College and a master's degree of education in early childhood from Carlow University. Before coming to Phipps, Heather taught preschool math and science, and was an educational project manager for early childhood schools in the Pittsburgh area.

Jennifer Torrance is the science education coordinator at Phipps. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating science education programming. Jennifer holds a bachelor of science in environmental science from Allegheny College. She has been sparking children’s passion for the natural world at Phipps since 2016. She loves encouraging creativity and introducing children to fascinating new concepts.

Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas is the science education outreach manager at Phipps. Her undergraduate degree and her doctorate are both in biology, and she has taught at both the college level and within the classrooms of zoos and museums. At Phipps, Maria coordinates science communication workshops, oversees the Botany in Action fellowship program, writes for Phipps’ #bioPGH blog, and organizes multiple regular educational events. Overall, she loves nothing more than sharing the wonders of nature with children and families.