Heather Schneider

Assistant Director, Learning Programs

Born and raised in Chicago, Heather Schneider often explored the exhibits at Shedd Aquarium and played along the shores of Lake Michigan with her family and friends. Schneider is a product of "Shedd learning" as she participated in Shedd's college programs, including an internship with the Learning department. With a drive to connect herself and others to aquatic life and the natural world, she started her career at Shedd Aquarium as a student and teacher programs educator in 2002. Her path at Shedd also included the coordination of student, youth, family and adult programs within Shedd's Learning department. She has most recently managed Shedd's Digital Learning team, where Schneider researched, tested and created strategic plans to enhance learning outcomes through the use of digital technology tools. She now continues her work with digital learning and strategic thinking as the Assistant Director of Learning Programs.

Schneider has served on the advisory committee of Hive Chicago's Learning Network and is currently adjunct faculty in the College of Education at National Louis University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from North Park University, and after coming to Shedd, she dove deeper into her passion for innovation and technology and received her master's in education technology from Pepperdine University.

She enjoys getting outdoors and exploring nature, science and museums with her kids.


Heather Schneider

My favorite animals are the Pacific white-sided dolphins, along with their trainers. Seeing these dolphins at Shedd when I was young and talking to the staff members who cared for them inspired me to explore aquatic science as a career.

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