Sam Norton

Senior Director, Learning Programs

Samantha Norton is the Senior Director of Learning Programs for the John G. Shedd Aquarium where she administers the implementation of a comprehensive vision for impactful learner-centered development, programs, and experiences. Specifically, she oversees the team responsible for programs such as High School Marine Biology, Underwater Robotics and Live from Behind the Scenes. These learning programs, among others, foster science literacy, environmental literacy and 21st century skills as a part of understanding connectedness - the ways in which animals, plants and people interconnect and depend on one another — and the health of our planet — to survive and thrive.

Previously, Norton spent time at the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo as an educator and member of the husbandry team for the Children’s Zoo. Before embarking on her career, Norton received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and physical anthropology with an emphasis in primatology from Northern Illinois University.


Sam Norton, Director of Guest Engagement

University attended
B.S. in biology and physical anthropology, Northern Illinois University

Impactful learner-centered development, increasing environmental literacy

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