Beez Kneez Creative founder Nette Pletcher brings over 20 years of experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating science content for learners of all ages, predominantly in informal settings focused on wildlife conservation and conservation-conscious behaviors. She has extensive experience working on-the-ground with zoo practitioners to apply theories of learning based on empirical research. Nette has an academic background in conservation education, with practical application in the zoo/aquarium setting, including design, implementation, and evaluation of programs, exhibits, and interpretive activities.
From 2009-2016 Nette led nation-wide education initiatives and oversaw the professional development program at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). She worked for five years as a front-line educator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. Nette holds a Master of Arts in Education from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Swarthmore College; she earned a teaching certificate in secondary science and taught middle school science for three years. In 2010 she completed the Conservation Psychology Institute at Antioch University New England. She is recognized by the American Management Association for completing the course The Effective Facilitator: Maximizing Involvement and Results.