Title: Science Education Coordinator
Company: National Park Service; Start School Later; Ann’s Backyard Forest
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Ann Gallagher, Science Education Coordinator at National Park Service; Start School Later; and Ann’s Backyard Forest, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public policy and ecology.
Ms. Gallagher is a biologist, educator, and nonprofit executive specializing in creating and advocating for intersectional science, education, and public healthcare policy. Since 2015, she has been a science education coordinator for the National Park Service’s Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance, where she conducts studies and assembles evidence for best management practices and to secure underwriting for the organization’s programming. In addition to her work for the National Park Service, Ms. Gallagher is a national executive member and secretary of the board for Start School Later, Inc., a nonprofit policy organization advocating for school start times that reflect current research on adolescent sleep patterns. Prior to embracing a more policy-focused direction for her work, Ms. Gallagher spent nearly a decade as a science lecturer in the School of Professional Studies at the Catholic University of America, where she taught between 2007 and 2016. During this time, she also held academic positions with several other institutions, spending two years as a senior research consultant for Lloyd Society, Inc. and working as a research professor at George Mason University between 2008 and 2013.
Ms. Gallagher holds a Master of Science in biology from the University of Maryland, where she has also pursued extensive additional postgraduate coursework in both science education and marine, estuarine, and environmental studies. Among many other certificates and credentials, she is an ISA Certified Arborist, an ESA Certified Ecologist, and has been designated as an Agreements Technical Representative by the United States Department of the Interior. Currently, Ms. Gallagher is enrolled in Old Dominion University’s doctoral program in public policy and hopes to continue her work in federal service. She has been published and cited in numerous professional journals and has been the recipient of many awards including a 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Award, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Sleep Champion Award for her work with Start School Later, and National Park Service National Park Performance Awards each year since 2016. Ms. Gallagher considers one of her greatest professional accomplishments to be her work in drafting legislation and leading the push to adopt later school start times in one of the largest public school districts in Maryland. She looks forward to continuing her work for years to come and sharing her enthusiasm for the ways in which the environment, health, and policy can impact each other positively.
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