We have five educators on our team. Two full- time, two part-time, and one seasonal position.
|Jennifer McCoy, Program Coordinator
Jennifer has worked for Cobb County since 2000 as an environmental educator and as an environmental compliance inspector. Her work as a naturalist at a nature center, an instructor at a science museum, and a biologist for an environmental consultant contributes over 15 years of professional experience to our program.
Master of Public Administration, Kennesaw State University, 2011
Master of Science (Enviro Ed), Lesley University, 2007
Bachelor of Science (Biology), Kennesaw State University, 1997
Facilitator Certifications: Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Monarchs in the Classroom, Leopold Education Project, Native Waters, Native Seasons, Biodiversity Basics, Healthy Water Healthy People, Adopt-A-Stream Chemical/Biological/Bacteria Trainer, Master Gardener
|Mike Kahle, Environmental Programs Specialist
Mike joined our team in October 2011. He has previously worked as program coordinator with The Nature Conservancy and as a naturalist with both the Orange County Department of Education in California and Chattahoochee Nature Center.
Bachelor of Science (Geography), University of Nevada, 2008
Facilitator Certifications: Project WET, Project Wild, Project Learning Tree, Adopt-A-Stream Chemical/Biological/Bacteria Trainer, Master Gardener
Educator Certifications: Wonder of Wetlands, Our Shared Forest
|Sonya Wood Mahler, Environmental Programs Specialist
Sonya joined our team in January 2016 after relocating to Georgia. Her prior experience includes working in environmental education with Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Kentucky Dept of Fish & Wildlife Resources, Alabama Cooperative Extension, and Florida Cooperative Extension.
Master of Science (Enviro. Ed), University of Wisconsin, 1992
Bachelor of Science (Secondary Science Ed, Auburn University, 1983
Bachelor of Science (Marine Bio & Physics), Auburn University, 1982
Facilitator Certifications: Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Master Environmental Educator, Classroom in the Forest
Educator Certifications: Leopold Education Project
|Angie Marcus, Program Assistant
Angie joined our team in July 2015 and works primarily on coordinating the Brooke and Branch Puppet Show. Her background includes work in youth counseling as well as environmental education with Virginia 4-H and Learning Tree Farms.
Master of Social Work (Family), Kennesaw State University, 2014
Master of Ed (Outdoor Admin), GA College & State University, 2000
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), Lenoir-Rhyne University, 1997
Facilitator Certifications: Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Challenge Course Trainer
Educator Certifications: Outdoor Wildlife Leadership School, Leave No Trace
|Penny Costanzo, Program Assistant
Penny joined our team in January 2015 as a seasonal educator, helping facilitate our Brooke and Branch Puppet Show. She has been an environmental educator and professional actress for over thirty years, with prior experience teaching at the Harvard University Zoology Museum and for Young Audiences, an arts in education program.
Master of Education (Elementary), Tufts University, 1975
Bachelor of Arts (English), Kenyon College, 1974
Facilitator Certifications: Dahn Yoga Master, Certified Brain Education Teacher/Trainer, NAI Certified Interpretive Guide
Educator Certifications: Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Our Shared Forest, Wonder of Wetlands, Master Naturalist, Certified Environmental Educator
|Kernal and Nibblet, Watershed Ambassadors
Kernal and Nibblet are captive bred corn snakes. They joined our staff in 2007, shortly after hatching at a local nature center. They visit Cobb County classrooms to educate students about the connection between water quality and wildlife.