Director, Learning Planning and Evaluation
Stephanie Bohr leads the Learning Planning & Evaluation department, an internal group dedicated to planning, documenting and understanding the learning outcomes and experiences of program participants. This department seeks out and synthesizes research-based best practices in informal science education, manages participant and program data, and develops and utilizes innovative approaches to measuring learners’ knowledge, skills and attitudes. Learning Planning & Evaluation works closely with the Learning Programs and Guest Engagement teams to build evaluation capacity in program staff and ensure that evaluation findings are mindfully incorporated into future program experiences.
Bohr has worked in the field of science education since 2004, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs in zoo, aquarium, and museum settings. Originally hired as the coordinator of teen mentor programs, Bohr applied her background in scientific research and field programs to authentic science experiences for teens. When Learning Planning & Evaluation was established in 2012, she became manager of that group and was subsequently promoted to assistant director.
Bohr began her career at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she served as curator of special populations, creating personalized science learning experiences for nontraditional museum audiences such as incarcerated youth, persons with emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and physical disabilities, and immigrant communities.
Between her undergraduate and graduate education, she interned at the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center (now the Smithsonian Conversation Biology Institute) where she developed curriculum and delivered programs to engage a variety of audiences with cutting edge ecological and physiological research.
Bohr holds a bachelors of science in zoology and masters in science education with a focus on special education, both from North Carolina State University. She is active as a member, presenter and reviewer for numerous education and evaluation journals and conferences.