With PEI since March 2023, Chelsea has over a decade of experience working in formal and informal education and field work. In Pennsylvania and New York State, she worked for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, ZooAmerica, and New York Audubon Society. Transplanting to North Central Washington in early 2016, she has worked for the National Park Service, the Okanogan Conservation District, and the Okanogan School District. Chelsea was a part of the original roll out of FieldSTEM in 2016 through her work with NPS. This position led her to work for Okanogan CD where she created and taught K-12 project and placed-based learning opportunities for students across the county. More specifically, she worked with field projects at the Okanogan High School, where she eventually taught Biology and a field-based Ecology class with many partnering agencies and organizations. Chelsea was the 2022 Okanogan Conservation District Conservation Teacher of the Year Awardee for “creating energy and action educating young people in natural resources conservation”. She also brings experience in partnering and working with multicultural communities and their youth. Equitable opportunities statewide are very important to her given that she has lived in rural America for most of her life. Chelsea earned her B.S. in Environmental Science/Biology with a minor in Spanish at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
When not working on PEI projects, Chelsea enjoys hiking, paddling, cross-country skiing, gardening, and traveling. She now lives in Wenatchee with her partner and their furred and scaled friends.