The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association is pleased to announce the arrival of its new year-round Director of Education, Kim Botelho. Kim will be replacing outgoing seasonal Director of Education Whitney Morris who worked for the MMA from May 2011 to the fall of 2013. The MMA would like to take this time to thank Whitney for all she has accomplished during her tenure with us. Whitney returned to the mainland to be closer to family but has left a wonderful legacy and a great path for Kim to begin on.
Kim comes to Nantucket from Rhode Island with an extensive background in science education. Most recently, Kim served as the Education Director for the Norman Bird Sanctuary where she ran programs similar to those of the MMA and developed partnerships with community organizations. She also served as the Curriculum Director, Site Coordinator and Lead Teacher with Braintree After School Enrichment and worked for many years at the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, serving as their Education Coordinator. Kim has extensive experience in the field with children and adults, as well as in the classroom and behind-the-scenes. She serves on the board of the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association, served on the board of the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative, and is an active volunteer with the New England Wildflower Society. Kim also owns EarthStart Photography and her environmental photographs have been used by numerous environmental organizations in exhibits and publications. Kim will be coming to the island with her two chocolate labs who we are sure will enjoy moving to the island as much as Kim. Please help us to give Kim a warm welcome to the MMA and Nantucket!