Beth Kracum | Science Educator
Beth studied art and environmental science as an undergraduate at Carleton College in Minnesota. While living in Chicago, she completed a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education at DePaul University and discovered her passion for informal education while working at the Field Museum and Chicago Botanic Garden. She was happy to return to her home state of California in 2014. She became certified through the California Naturalist Program and re-immersed herself in the beautiful Bay Area landscapes. Beth loves exploring the intersection of art, science, and nature with children at CuriOdyssey and with her daughter at home.
Bryan Holmes | Science Educator
Bryan holds a B.S. in Secondary Education and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where his primary interest was the relationship between formal and informal education. He spent a summer working and studying informal education at the National Air and Space Museum. Prior to joining CuriOdyssey in late 2010, Bryan taught high school physics and chemistry in rural Maine, his home state, and spent his summers plastering in a fresco shop. His interests sprawl across disciplines, but include classical history, physics, carpentry, and anything anyone will teach him. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys cooking, hiking, and seeking out new experiences.
Carl Oosterman | Director of Education
Carl has been with CuriOdyssey since 2004. As director, he develops and leads all of our education programs. He manages the education staff, trains and directs education volunteers, and manages our year-round youth leadership development program. Carl has held a variety of programming positions including: community programs supervisor at Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District and senior program director for youth, teen, and family programs at Bay Area YMCAs. Carl holds a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in teaching from San Jose State University.
Catherine Brett | Senior Educator and Science Research Manager
Catherine has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from UCSB and an M.S. degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University. She has 12 years of experience as a science educator at CuriOdyssey and loves working at the intersection of science, children and wildlife. Catherine is very curious by nature and delights in inspiring “ah-ha” moments for kids. She can usually be found in the marsh at Coyote Point where she is the principal investigator for a two-year conservation research project on an invasive plant called Limonium ramosissimum.
Kevin Shoban | Science Educator
Kevin Shoban specializes in North American wildlife. Science encapsulates so much of what Kevin loves including nature and art. By sharing his passions for wildlife, conservation, and the outdoors, Kevin enhances the visitor experience by deepening their understanding of Earth’s natural ecosystems and animals who call the Bay Area home.
Lee Cauble | Manager of Volunteer Engagement
Lee Cauble has a degree in English from Occidental College and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University College of Education. Lee came to us in Spring 2005 with a background in college administration, academic counseling, leadership development, and volunteer recruitment and coordination. Previously, she worked at Santa Clara University and Notre Dame University de Namur. She has personally volunteered thousands of hours in the San Mateo community.
Myra Sinkamo | Administrative Coordinator
Myra has worked in the CuriOdyssey education department for 13 years. She is responsible for booking hundreds of field trips and group visits to our museum each year. She works closely with teachers and staff to insure everyone has a fabulous day at CuriOdyssey!
Róisín Altreuter | Early Childhood Science Educator and Conservation Coordinator
Róisín completed her B.S. in Biopsychology at Tufts University and her M.A. in Biology with a focus in community-based conservation and marine micro plastics through Miami University in Ohio. She believes that young children are natural scientists and aims to empower them to explore the things that spark their curiosity. She is also passionate about connecting kids and communities with nature and inspiring all people to make choices that protect the natural world.