My name is Whitney Yarbrough. I am the Knowledge Manager VISTA at NAU’s Center for Science Teaching and Learning. I have resided in Flagstaff, Arizona since 2015. I relocated to Flagstaff from Columbus, Ohio to complete my Master’s degree in Archaeology with a focus in Zooarchaeology and a graduate certificate in Ethnic Studies at NAU. I received my undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Wittenberg University in 2015.
I was recently with the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) for two great years. Here, I gained a respect, love, and understanding of the Colorado Plateau and the Four Corners Region as well as developed lifelong relationships with visitors and staff. I worked with the MNA Discovery Camps Summer 2017, where I taught STEAM-based education to youth. This prepared me for my current position by providing me with a skillset for working in an environment where education is of key importance and supplied me with STEM experience.
My goal is to gain experience in marketing and outreach efforts, expand my skills in database management, and in STEM education. I intend to complete a second Master’s degree in Museum Studies in 2019 and a future Ph.D. focused on Biological Archaeology in 2020. I am excited to work in AmeriCorps and am looking forward to the upcoming year.