Cat Chiappa's


"Life is either a great adventure or nothing. ~Helen Keller





I am an Adventurer, an Educator, and a Dreamer. My philosophy has always been to live life in a way that will give me great stories to tell my grandchildren. I was born in Michigan but I have also lived in Hawaii, Spain and Vermont. I love to travel and to try new and adventurous things. Some of the highlights have been a wilderness trek in Washington State, which included a summit of Mt. St. Helens, a study abroad trip on a tall ship in the Caribbean, which included a visit to Cuba, rafting down a 21 foot waterfall in New Zealand, working with kids for a cruise line in Alaska, rappelling down waterfalls in Costa Rica, canoeing amongst hippos and elephants on the Zambezi river in Zambia, and sleeping with cheetahs at Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia.

Last summer, I graduated from The George Washington University with a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education. During my graduate program I was given the opportunity to work with many different audiences in a variety of settings including, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the National Museum of Natural History, Friends of the National Zoo, and the National Air and Space Museum.

In 2002 I graduated from Goucher College with an undergraduate degree in Music with Theatre. I have been playing piano for over 20 years, and have studied percussion and voice for more than ten. The Arts have always been a lifelong passion of mine and there is nothing that I enjoy more than performing on stage to a full house.

My goal is to work in the education field at a zoo, aquarium, or other interesting museum setting working with people of all ages and teaching them about the natural world and wildlife conservation. Eventually I would like to expand my skills and own a travel company that will allow those would couldn't normally afford it to have enriching travel experiences abroad, combining sightseeing with education and career awareness.

I recently married in 2005 and live in Columbia, Maryland with my husband, Joe, Griffey, my Shetland sheepdog and a Netherland Dwarf rabbit named Benny. I enjoy musical theatre, reading, watching terrible reality TV shows, planning my next big trip, and cooking, just to name a few things.

"The world is a true classroom. The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something through our own eyes."

~Jack Hanna

© 2008-2012 Catherine Chiappa

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