Alumni Profile: From Nazareth environmental science major to Seneca Park Zoo program development manager

1 Feb

Emily Coon-Frisch by Kate Melton for the D&C

Emily Coon-Frisch ’05, an environmental science major from Nazareth College, is currently the program development manager at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York. She was recently featured in the Democrat and Chronicle’s “On The Ladder” section, which profiles young professionals in the area. The article’s author, Jinelle Shengulette, explains that:

Her job has her teaching preschool classes, introducing animals to the children, a story time, songs, crafts and more. She is also coordinating the ZooCamp programs for ages 3 to 12, during summer and school breaks. When not managing those programs, Coon-Frisch is training staff and writing curricula. She also spends a lot of time working with local teachers to work on the zoo’s new exhibit, “A Step into Africa.”

Coon-Frisch advocates for interaction as a key component of education. “When I am writing lesson plans for a new class or camp,” she explains, “I try to create activities where the children can see these animals up close, maybe even touch them, because I believe these memorable interactions will help them to understand and retain the information I am teaching.”

To read more about Nazareth alum Coon-Frisch, including a Q-and-A, visit the Democrat and Chronicle online. And for more information about Nazareth College’s new Integrated Center for Math and Science–including how it will help educate the scientists, researchers, teachers, and educators of the future–visit the College’s campaign website.

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