Thea is a native of Savannah, Georgia holding a B.A in Early Childhood Education and a M.A.T in Teaching and Learning. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in education she worked for three summers on a National Science Foundation grant, OssaBEST, centered on a remote barri- er island of Georgia where project staff worked with teachers and students to use advanced information technologies to create a multimedia database of the island with the goal of getting students motivated in pursuing STEM-related careers.
As an environmental educator, Thea has worked on both coasts, Hawaii, and in the US Virgin Islands. She worked for ten years in a traditional classroom teaching primarily science before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now she works at WMEAC to fund, develop, and share environmentally-based curriculum to Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.