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Ellysheva

Ellysheva Zeira Education Assistant for Access Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Ellysheva is a Senior Educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum (LESTM), where she gives public tours of the historic tenement, walking tours, facilitated discussion tours, as well as tours to school groups from across the country and around the globe. She is also involved in the creation and implementation of new tours, programs and polices. Before her time as an educator at the LESTM, she worked as a research intern for the LESTM's Education Department.  She also currently works as an office manager for a small executive search firm. Ellysheva has a Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature as well as History from New York University. She is originally from New Hampshire and currently lives in Brooklyn. 

Learn more about the field of museum education and how to start or advance your career with these links and resources.

Professional Organizations & Communities

 

EdCom

http://www.edcom.org/
A part of the American Association of Museums, The Standing Professional Committee on Education (EdCom) advances the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serves as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators, and promotes professional standards and excellence in the practice of museum education.

 

GEM Group for Education in Museums
http://www.gem.org.uk/
They “promote the importance of learning through museums, galleries and other cultural organizations.” They are based in the UK, but have members around the world.

 

InformalScience.org
http://www.informalscience.org/
“InformalScience.org is a growing online community site that strives to support knowledge-sharing, collaboration and the growth of innovation among diverse professionals in the field of informal science education. The site seeks to connect research, practice and evaluation work to a living collection of informal learning projects.” It is part of University of Pittsburgh's Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE).

 

Media and Technology Committee
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org/
The Media and Technology Committee is a Standing Professional Committee of the American Association of Museums. Their mission is to identify, access, and advocate a broad variety of program uses for media and technology in helping museum professionals meet the needs of their diverse publics.

 

Museum Education Roundtable
http://museumeducation.info/
Formed in 1969, the Museum Education Roundtable fosters professionalism among museum educators across the United States by encouraging leadership, scholarship and research in museum- based learning. MER publishes the Journal of Museum Education 

Resources for Job-Seekers

Resume and Cover Letter-Writing at the University of Virginia’s Career Center http://www.career.virginia.edu/students/handouts/writing_resumes.pdf
http://www.career.virginia.edu/students/handouts/coverletters.pdf

Power Words for Resumes
http://www.rockportinstitute.com/powerwords.html

Books about Museum Careers

Museum Careers: A Practical Guide for Students and Novices
By N. Elizabeth Schlatter

Formal Training Programs

A Smithsonian Directory of Training Programs in Museum Studies, Historic Preservation, Public History and Nonprofit Managementhttp://museumstudies.si.edu/TrainDirect.htm#n