Janet’s love of the natural world began with her grandparents, who were both biologists. Her appreciation and fascination for nature deepened through family camping vacations and many outdoor experiences with the Girl Scouts.
Janet earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1980, and a Master of Science degree in Secondary School Counseling from Villanova University in 1990. In between, she worked as a College Admissions Officer for two universities in Philadelphia. For 20 years, Janet worked as a full-time mother for her two sons. She was very involved in their schools, starting with teaching science to each of their Kindergarten through Third Grade classes at a Cooperative Education elementary school, where she was introduced to HWI in 1997 through a field trip to the Goshutes migration site. Janet then started volunteering with our education birds in August 2007, and in September 2013 joined the HWI staff as the new Educator. Janet loves caring for our raptor ambassadors, and looks forward to continuing to educate school students and the general public about raptors, HWI’s mission, and their scientific studies that effect conservation change.