Meet the Teachers

Robin stands in front of a green-leaved bush, wearing a Museum t-shirt

Robin Kropp is a proud Sonoran Desert rat, shaped from birth by this amazing land. Childhood desert explorations led her to study the natural world and our connections with it. She received her B.A. from the University of Arizona in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Latin American Studies, and Spanish in 1990, and completed her Master’s in Education with a focus on Environmental Learning in 2003. She has been an Education Specialist at the Desert Museum since 1998 where she is grateful to always learn more and to be able to share her love of nature with a wide variety of students. In addition to camps, she teaches on-site and outreach programs with our animal teachers, develops curriculum, and coordinates the Museum's Coati Kids Club program.

Michelle stands in front of a green-leaved bush, wearing a Museum t-shirt

Michelle Constanza Miner is an Education Specialist with a focus in childhood nature education involving music, movement, science, art, and live animals. You can expect to find her hugging rocks, laughing too loudly, or gazing at native bees (cactus specialists are a favorite). Michelle completed a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz in 2012 and a M.S. in Entomology at UC Riverside in 2018. She has worked with USGS, USFWS, and USDA on research projects including desert tortoises, threatened & endangered marsh birds, and pollinator diversity. Michelle does not like creepy crawly things… she loves them!

Grayson smiles at the camera, a green landscape behind them

Grayson Grau is an Educator for the Desert Museum. They have a Master’s degree in Science Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in New York. After having moved across the country to Tucson, they have fallen in love with the Sonoran Desert. Grayson enjoys 3D printing, collecting rocks, and learning about animals and plants. Their ultimate goal as an educator is to bring awareness to the diversity of life surrounding us, and find new ways to make sure it’s here for future generations.

Amy is in a yoga pose, facing the camera

Amy Orchard has been an environmental educator since 1992. She has worked at Arches National Park, at numerous whitewater rafting companies, and as an Education Specialist at the Desert Museum since 2000. Amy is a registered yoga instructor (RYT 200) and certified Wilderness First Responder (many steps above basic first aid certification.) She finds great joy in getting youth outside and connected to nature through the Desert Museum’s teen programs. Amy enjoys riding her bike over Gates Pass, bird watching with her husband, star gazing in the cold of winter and listening to the breeze move through the spines of a saguaro.

Angela poses with her dog, in front of large rocks. Her dog is a bull breed, and their tongue is hanging out.

Angela Stoebe is an Education Specialist at the Desert Museum. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Angela moved out to Tucson to study at the University of Arizona and fell in love with the Sonoran Desert Biome. In addition to her studies at the U of A in Veterinary Science and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Angela studied informal science education at UCSB. Angela has worked at camps all across the country as a challenge course instructor, archery instructor, naturalist, and STEM educator. Angela also leads guided hikes, mountain biking rides and climbing experiences. Angela has a passion for exploring the natural world alongside youth by making discovery accessible and exciting for all!

Alana stands in front of a trellis covered in pink flowers

Locally nicknamed Alan, Alana Huffmon is an Educator at the Desert Museum and has a B.A. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With a lifelong interest in STEM she loves to design hands on science experiments. Alan enjoys working with all ages to observe and analyze our surrounding environment and natural world. When not at work she is usually hiking and looking for cool rocks; her favorite hikes have a significant elevation change so that she can experience multiple Desert biomes!

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