Project BudBurst Certified Instructors

Meet the Project BudBurst Certified Instructors!  

These highly capable educators have finished the requirements to officially represent Project BudBurst in their communities. They have successfully completed all three Project BudBurst online professional development courses offered through NEON's Citizen Science Academy, including a practicum where they demonstrated their ability to offer effective outreach. 
We are delighted to have such qualified educators help spread the word about implementing Project BudBurst in a variety of educational settings. 

Spring 2014 Certified Project BudBurst Instructors


Janet Ady

Janet Ady is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and works at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. She is piloting a training webinar series about using citizen science to engage youth in conservation work. Janet also works with her local Open Space Committee and Garden Club members.

Jamie Hefti

Jamie Hefti is a high school Biology and Earth Science teacher in Pulaski, New York where he shares his passion for citizen science with his ninth and tenth grade students (ranging in ages from 14 to 16 years old).

Melissa MacPhee

Melissa MacPhee taught high school for 10 years before going to work with National Geographic in Washington, D.C. As an educator with their FieldScope program, she is an advocate for data analysis as an integral part of participation in Citizen Science projects.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith is just finishing her seventh year of teaching 8th grade science at Monticello Middle School in Illinois. She strives to make learning meaningful for her students by taking them on field trips, using technology regularly, providing multiple laboratory experiences, and of course using Project BudBurst.

Rebecca Whitson

Rebecca Whitson is a second grade teacher at Blue Ball Elementary School in rural Lancaster County in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She is also a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist who has been teaching for 24 years. She has used Project Budburst with her students and their families, as well as her own children's classes.

Karen Williams

Karen Williams teaches Biology for grade 6-12 homeschool students in the Aurora and St. Vrain school districts along the Front Range of Colorado. She has teamed with Art and History teachers to incorporate Project BudBurst across their curricula.


What do Certified Project BudBurst Instructors provide?

  • They serve as a local resource for questions about Project BudBurst
  • They can provide talks to various audiences in your local area to raise awareness of Project BudBurst and Citizen Science
  • They are willing to conduct instructional workshops in your local area to engage new participants