Anna grew up moving across multiple states with her family, providing her the opportunity to have the rolling hills of the Carolinas, the deserts of Arizona, and the farmlands of Illinois as her backyards. Experiencing all of these different places instilled a love and wonder for the many different environments found within our country. Time spent outdoors while camping and exploring cultivated a desire to learn more about nature and wildlife which led to Clemson University where she obtained a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on wildlife and conservation biology. She continued her education at the University of Idaho through the McCall Outdoor Science School program, receiving an M.S. in Natural Resources and a certification in Environmental Education after spending a year teaching middle school students about the natural world around them.
Since graduating, Anna has taught environmental and wildlife education informally through the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Georgia and Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina. She is thrilled to continue educating students by serving in her second term as the Education Coordinator at RiverLink. Anna hopes to also expand her own knowledge about the Western North Carolina area and the French Broad River, nurturing a sense of wonder and place she can share with others.