Joanne Howard

Joanne was raised on a farm in northwest Minnesota and was taught the value of respecting the natural world from a young age.  She attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.  As an educator, she enjoyed writing curricula and developing hands-on activities that allowed students to apply their […]

Kaylan Amaya

B.A. in Biology with a Minor in Psychology, The University of Texas at Arlington Kaylan joined the FWBG|BRIT staff as a facilitator, and in July 2022 became the Education Operations Assistant providing administrative support to education programs and volunteer services. She is excited to gain experience working in informal education and learn more about the […]

Crissa Nugen

Crissa Nugen is a Horticulture Educator who has a passion for connecting people to plants and nature. She is confident that “the more you know, the stronger you will grow” and strives to offer adult education programming that will always keep the Garden visitors exploring, discovering and engaging! Crissa holds a Master’s of Science degree […]

Payton Simpkins

B.S. in Environmental Science with a Minor in Marketing, The University of Texas at Arlington Payton joined the FWBG|BRIT staff in June 2021 as the Education Operations Specialist, providing administrative support to the SEED School, family programs, and Volunteer services. Before coming to BRIT, Payton was offered a chance to be a Park Interpreter in […]

Anna SoRelle

Education: BA Anthropology, University of Georgia MA Museum Science, Texas Tech University Anna joined the Education team at FWBG|BRIT in June of 2021. Her role is to develop and implement engaging environmental educational programs for homeschoolers, Scouts, special needs groups, and summer camps. She brings 9 years of experience in informal science education and has […]

Tracy Friday

B.S. in Education, Texas Wesleyan University Biology, University of Texas at Arlington Tracy joined the BRIT education team in 2010 as an education specialist with a focus on creating professional development and building a professional learning network of teachers interested in engaging environmental professional growth. In 2014, she was named the Director of the SEED […]

Michelle Schmidlkofer

Michelle is a local fiber artist and nature lover with a passion for non-profit organizations. After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013, she returned to Fort Worth and has been working with various Cultural District institutions ever since. In her new position as Education Administrative Specialist, […]

Cheryl Potemkin

Cheryl happily discovered a career as an informal educator while working for the Imaginarium of South Texas in Laredo. Upon moving to Fort Worth, she continued as a contract informal educator specializing in art and science integration. She has strong connections to Fort Worth community organizations through her contract work, and continues to strengthen those […]