Kelley Pritchard

Kelley Pritchard

Lead Teacher at Houston Zoo Inc

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6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas, United States
HQ Phone:
(713) 533-6500

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Administrator and Teacher  - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Retail Loan Officer  - Sutherland Mortgage Services Inc

Actress and Group Leader  - Texas Renaissance Festival


Bachelor of Science  - Recreation Management , James Madison University

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Kelley Pritchard
Kelley is excited to return for her third year at DECATS. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management with a minor in music from James Madison University. She has taught outdoor education for nine years in several states including Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, California, Colorado and Texas, and is currently the Administrator of the School of Environmental Education at Camp Kappe in Plantersville. Additionally, Kelley works for the Texas Renaissance Festival as an actress and group leader in the performance company and is a frequent cantor at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Magnolia.

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Ms. Kelley Pritchard, Administrator/Teacher

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The school represents "more than just a field trip" for students enrolled, according to Kelley Pritchard, S.E.E. director/teacher.
"We have an opportunity to hike the kids around, teach them about nature and about God," she said. "We reinforce their curriculum at school. We put a hands-on approach to their book-learning. (During hikes) we can stop and say 'Hey, look at this. This is where an armadillo had burrowed a hole looking for insects.' We can let the kids experience things and then explain it to them scientifically and through our faith as well." There are currently four full-time teachers and three part-time teachers serving 54 schools totaling approximately 1,400 students. Pritchard said the support from the various schools and parent chaperones has been invaluable over the years. As long as eighth graders - current and former - speak of the cherished time they had bonding with classmates and experiencing environmental education, S.E.E. teachers will know they are on the right path, Pritchard acknowledged. "One of the most gratifying moments in my entire career in environmental education was when I was working in the garden with the students and we were talking about photosynthesis, the plant life cycle and decomposition, and a student said 'We just learned about this in school!'" she said.

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