K-12 Programs Team
Zack Anderson, Director, Youth Education
About Zack: Zack has been working in the informal education field in Calgary for well over ten years, having led teams at the Calgary Zoo, Bow Habitat Station, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. He is responsible for the oversight and management of all K-12 Programs. Zack has a B.Sc in Zoology.
Best Thing About STEAM: I love the broad-based approach to learning that integrates all the disciplines, and provides the spark of inquiry and the scientific method in students.
Alan Moore, Supervisor, Education
About Alan: Prior to joining the Calgary Science Centre 9 years ago, Mr. Moore taught in the Calgary area primarily at the elementary level. His role focuses on daily coordination and administrative support to classroom team, mentorship and classroom coverage when needed. Alan has a B.A. in History & Classical Studies and a B.Ed. Master of teaching.
Best Thing about STEAM: STEM affords frequent opportunities for hands-on learning.
Toby Plant, Specialist, Education Outreach
About Toby: Originally from England, Toby moved to Calgary in 2014 with his Marine Biology BSc. to explore the world-renown prairie marine life. Prior to joining the Education team at Spark, Toby worked as a Marine Biologist, Taxonomist and Environmental Educator. He currently co-ordinates TELUS Spark’s educational outreach programs, including “Spark to Go”, “Direct from..” and “Operation Minerva”. Toby is extremely passionate about the marvels of the natural world and loves having his ‘mind-blown’!
Best thing about STEAM: I love that STEAM education encourages problem solving and critical thinking to find solutions, but most importantly it keeps learning diverse and fun!
Donna Kipta, Lead, Chevron Open Minds
About Donna: Donna Kipta holds a BSc from the Faculty of Biological Sciences and a BEd both from the University of Calgary. Donna is a self-professed “wonderer” and has been involved in both formal and informal education for many years in a variety of settings.
Best Thing about STEAM: STEAM inspires learners to be courageous as they explore their own curiosities while discovering how our world is shaped by technology and innovation.
Amy Leedham, Chevron Open Minds Assistant
About Amy: Amy Leedham proudly holds a BSc in Anthropology and BA in Archaeology from the University of Calgary. Amy’s previous experience includes working with the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, the University of Calgary’s Aboriginal Youth Engagement Program, and the Calgary Zoo. Her interests include embroidery, hiking, archaeology, and sketching. Amy is pursuing her Master’s of Education, Interdisciplinary from the University of Calgary.
Best Thing about STEAM: Everything that we engage with on a daily basis involves at least one aspect of STEAM, which makes everyday connections easier than most people believe. Having the opportunity to reveal these mysteries of the world in exciting and engaging ways, that will create life long memories, is the best part about my job.
Elaine Lum, Education Program Assistant
About Elaine: Elaine was previously a Program Leader with TELUS Spark on-and-off since its opening in 2011, and has recently taken on a more administrative role with school programs. Originally from Vancouver, her prior experience ranges from formal teaching in elementary schools to informal teaching in the environmental education and interpretation field. She is a mom to two active and curious young boys, which means she is always learning something new! Elaine has a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation and a BEd with an elementary option.
Best Thing about STEAM: I love the real-world connections that can be made for all ages, as well as the abundance of opportunities for hands-on, process-based learning. It's all about the journey, not the destination!