Longtime Steamboat educator joins Yampatika
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Yampatika has hired Sameta Rush as youth program manager. She replaces Mike Loots and will be responsible for creating and implementing environmental education curriculums for Yampatika’s school-based programs, which serve almost 2,000 students in Routt County.
“The role with Yampatika was a natural next step for me,” Rush was quoted as saying in a news release. “I’m passionate about nature, the environment and education, and I am excited to make a difference.”
Prior to joining Yampatika, Rush served as assistant dean of instruction at Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs. She has an extensive background in education at all levels and specific training in environmental education. Rush’s experience also includes serving on the Steamboat Springs School Board, instructional coach for the Steamboat Springs School District, instructional chair at CMC and various teaching positions in the Steamboat Springs School District and CMC.
“While we were sorry to see Mike move to Eagle for another position, we are thrilled with Sam’s choice to join Yampatika as she brings a wealth of experience in education, the environment and outdoor programming,” Yampatika Executive Director Joe Haines was quoted as saying in the release.
Rush holds a Master of Arts and Education from Alaska Pacific University, a Bachelor of Sciences/Biological Sciences from University of Nebraska – Lincoln and professional teacher licenses for the states of Colorado and Alaska.
Her first day with Yampatika was Sept. 10.
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