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Rachael Rost-Allen

EDUCATION • M.A. in Biology Miami University of Ohio • B.A. in Psychology University of Kansas

ENROLLED • Cohort 4

LOCATION • Lawrence, Kan.

Rachael Rost-Allen is the education specialist at the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center in Kansas, where she has worked for seven years. In this time, Rachael has taught over 2,000 environmental education classes to more than 100,000 people. Her mission is to increase environmental literacy within her community, which she achieves through hands-on citizen science, live animal interactions, and inquiry-based learning. Rachael was selected as a 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. She continues her work with National Geographic by serving on their Kansas Advisory Council and is a facilitator for their Educator Certification Program. In 2018, Rachael was named a top 30 Under 30 environmental educator with the North American Association for Environmental Education and was also chosen as an “AZA Hero” with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She is a member of the 2019-2020 class of Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders and is currently part of a team working on a large-scale ranger recognition campaign entitled “Rangers Deserve More.” Rachael’s personal philosophy is to appreciate the beauty of and value in everything around you—from the smallest insect to the tallest tree. Once you connect to an idea, species, or place, do everything you can to preserve and protect it. Through this doctoral program, Rachael hopes to create an environmental professional development and mentorship program for others in her community, particularly teenagers and educators, so that they can become the informed, ecologically-literate citizenry our world so desperately needs. In her spare time, she can be found reading, traveling, and enjoying the company of her husband, two cats and two dogs.


Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability

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