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CJ has spent many years working and volunteering with wildlife and informal education-based non-profit organizations including Cosley Zoo, Lincoln Marsh Natural Area and the Field Museum. Their previous role was working as a Community Programs Assistant at Brookfield Zoo where they were one of the supervisors for the zoo's teen volunteer program, the King Conservation Science Scholars. It was in this position that they developed a passion for working with high school students and helping to prepare them for life in and after college, which led them toward working for the Schuler Scholar Program in February 2020.

CJ has a great fondness for travel; they are constantly taking road trips to zoos in other cities and states. CJ actually collects zoo maps! Their favorite trip they've ever been on was backpacking for six weeks across Australia!

"I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message." - Steve Irwin

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Gabriela Nevarez

Gabriela Nevarez

Family Engagement Associate

Kendreanna Ray

Scholar Coach
Maine East High School

Isabella Lamarre

Scholar Coach
Highland Park High School

Cheryl Smith

School Director
Highland Park High School