Member Spotlight:

William

William Elliston Manager of Education / Prospect Park Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society

Bill is an experienced science educator and team leader, having worked at many leading education organizations including the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, and the American Museum of Natural History. His early experiences growing up in the Ohio countryside fostered an enduring connection to ecology, conservation, and the natural world. He attended Sarah Lawrence College as an undergraduate, has a background in genetics, and received his MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education. 
 
Bill has developed curriculum for fieldwork and classroom learning, conducted multiple research and evaluation projects for science-education institutions, has a background in general interpretation, strategic planning, and successfully managed multiple teams of educators to inspire a love of science and commitment to stewardship in people of all ages. He is a contributor to 12 Museum Theorists at Play, a publication about educational theory and practice in museums, and worked as an adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education. Currently, Bill works as the Education Manager at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo and serves as a member on the board of trustees for the New York City Museum Educator's Roundtable (NYCMER).

 

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