Meet the Education Team
If you visit with your School or Group, take part in one of our courses, listen to a talk or join us on a learning programme - chances are you'll come across one or more of these friendly faces along the way.
Throughout our busy months we're joined by a number of seasonal education assistants, interns and students on Work Experience, but at it's core our Education Team is made up of 6 permenant staff.
They're also joined in the Education Academy by a couple of chickens, a selection of snakes, two tenrecs, a group of guinea pigs, a collection of creepy crawlies and Houdini the rabbit.
Laura helps to deliver educational sessions, inside and outside of the classroom, theory and practical. She particularly enjoys doing talks and teaching our Keeper Courses. Laura is also responsible for encouraging everyone to be ‘more green’ and to make more sustainable choices to reduce negative impact on our environment, which she describes as "really cool and quite a privilege too!". This leads into helping our local environment and native species, which Laura tells us is possibly her most favourite part of the job (but she gets to do so many fun things it’s hard to choose).
Laura has volunteered in many roles helping with habitats and the environment in Hungary, Indonesia, Scotland, and even right here in Blackpool too. She has worked in zoo education since graduating in 2011. Laura is currently covering for Kayleigh while she is on maternity leave.
Vicki is the first point of contact for School, Groups, Learning Programmes and Students. She's the administration wizard that helps keep the Education Team organised, her main role is taking booking for schools and answering any enquiries. She also helps out with teaching, talks and interactive sessions when she needs a break from the computer screen!
Vicki has worked in nurseries since a young age, and also has experience working with Ofsted and in nursery management. She's also spent time volunteering with a welfare officer for Oldham council and initially joined the Education Team as a volunteer.
Kayleigh joined the zoo in July 2015, and as well as teaching visiting schools, groups and Keeper Courses, she regularly gives the visitor talks & displays and is custodian of the zoo’s environmental credentials. She heads the zoo’s ‘Green Team’, which is a collection of staff from all departments committed to minimising the zoo’s impact on the environment and being as sustainable in its actions as possible. She’s also responsible for implementing the zoos Palm Oil Audit and initiatives such as BIAZA’s Grab the Gap, Bio-Blitz, the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch, the zoos nature gardens.
Kayleigh is currently on maternity leave. She is a qualified science teacher and has a BSc Zoology with Evolutionary Psychology.