Education Department Staff
Meet the staff of our Interpretive Education Department, Director Gretchen Henrich, Natural Science Educator Emily Buckles, and School Services Coordinator Megan Smith.
Director of the Education and Interpretation Division, and Chief Educator
Gretchen Henrich joined the staff of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in 1999 as the Children’s and Family Program Coordinator. She came from West Virginia where she was Curator of Education at Oglebay’s Good Zoo. In her 22-year career, she has developed both humanities and science education programs in museums.
As Director of Interpretive Education, Henrich is currently responsible for managing interpretive programs and services within the Center. She is also working on exhibit element interpretation and media offerings including the website, gallery guides, and hands-on exhibitry throughout the museum. Henrich is a National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide.
Interpretive Specialist for Programs and Natural Science Educator
Emily Buckles is the natural science educator and interpretive specialist in the education department. She leads interpretive initiatives in all areas of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. As an National Association for Interpretation Certified Interpretive Trainer, Buckles works with the docents and seasonal staff to develop interpretive programs and activities.
Originally from New Hampshire, Buckles holds a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Buckles has been in the informal education field since 1999, first as a collegiate lacrosse coach, and then as a field instructor and faculty member at Teton Science Schools in Kelly, Wyoming.
K-12 Curriculum & Digital Learning Specialists
Megan Smith joined the education staff at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in 2006 as the Public Programs Coordinator. Smith previously worked as the Assistant Director at The Nature of Things, an environmental education outreach organization, in New York. She has dedicated her career to informal education at museums, nature centers, and other organizations. Smith earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University and a M.S. in Ecology from the University of New Haven. As the K-12 Curriculum & Digital Learning Specialist, she is responsible for the outreach and on-site services that the Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers students and teachers. She also works on the curriculum development of outreach materials, tour outlines, and the development of new online curriculum. Smith is a published author of non-fiction children’s books, as well as a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation.
Outreach Educator and Education Web Content Creator
George Miller is the Outreach Educator and Education Web Content Creator at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. He is interested in virtual museums and expanding the Center’s presence through on-line activities and games. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Anthropology, and a Master’s degree from Oregon State University in Adult Education. He has worked in Community Colleges and Universities, and for private on-line education and training companies. His outside interests include yoga, skiing, whitewater rafting, and hiking.