Bob provides strategic leadership for the Center’s programs. He is also the principal investigator and project director for Model-BEST, funded by the National Science Foundation to research use of agent-based modeling software to enhance kids’ scientific thinking. A through line in all of this work is exploring ways to promote citizenship and character development. These efforts have been the basis for two recent books: In No More Robots: Building Kids’ Character, Competence, and Sense of Place (published in 2014) Bob argues that teachers and students need to be more involved in co-designing their learning experiences, while his newest book Building Kids’ Citizenship Through Community Engagement (2017) focuses on ways young people can become active and engaged learners through place-based education. Prior to joining the Garden, Bob was an award-winning elementary science and mathematics teacher in public and private schools.
Eddie Jones joined the LREC staff after many years as a science teacher where he specialized in facilitating outdoor learning opportunities for high school students. He received his M. Ed from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and a B.S. in biology from the University of West Florida. Eddie enjoys teaching, learning, and playing outdoors. He and his wife help operate an after-school tutoring program in a disadvantaged neighborhood.
School Partnership Coordinator
Leslie joined the staff in June 2008. Prior to joining LREC, Leslie worked in the classroom as a middle school science teacher. Leslie received her B.A. in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and her M.A. in Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis.
She enjoys collaborating with teachers to plan meaningful outdoor learning experiences for students of all ages. Leslie also appreciates working alongside the team of dedicated and talented volunteers at the ecology center.
Adult Programs Coordinator
Susan Baron joined the LREC staff in February of 2013. She has the pleasure of working with all the volunteers and interns who make the programs at Litzsinger possible.
Originally from Michigan, Susan has a B.A. in Sociology from Beloit College and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. In her free time, Susan enjoys gardening, taking walks, and exploring Forest Park.
Stacey joined the LREC staff in June 2016. She will be working with 4th and 5th grade teachers and students in the Ritenour School District to implement scientific modeling activities linked to Garden research interests. Prior to joining LREC, Stacey spent the past 26 years teaching and consulting in the education field.
Stacey holds a BS in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Masters of Education from Maryville University. Additionally, she holds a photography certificate from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Outside of work, Stacey enjoys spending time with family, fly-fishing, photography, and managing a food pantry.
Ecology Center Coordinator
In 1998 Martha Schermann began volunteering in the Horticulture and Education Divisions of the Missouri Botanical Garden and also became a Master Ecologist volunteer at Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. In December 1999 Martha was hired full time as Ecology Center Assistant at LREC. She is currently Ecology Center Coordinator, and she also serves on the Green Team committee of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Supervisor, Horticulture Programs
Mary is responsible for horticulture operations, including planning, budgeting, installation and maintenance. She has the privilege of supervising our impressive team of horticulture volunteers and interns as well as contractors to ensure site operations meet ecological and economic parameters.
Together with the horticulture team at LREC, Mary consults with the School Partnership Coordinators to provide direction and support for school garden programs affiliated with the Center’s educational programs.
An employee of Missouri Botanical Garden since 1997, Jennifer started out developing hands-on science and math kits for teachers. Later she branched out into graphic design and web design projects for both the Garden and Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. Along with being the LREC webmaster, Jennifer is also Coordinator of Education Technology for the Missouri Botanical Garden.