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staff

merredith christos

Executive Director

Merredith joined EverWonder in June 2018 as our part-time Operations & Outreach Manager, and was promoted to Executive Director later that same year. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Sport, Recreation, & Tourism Management. She brings years of experience in customer service, sales, marketing, and management, as well as a positive and enthusiastic personality. Merredith’s goal for EverWonder is to bring new excitement & energy to the museum through new exhibits, programs, and eventually a new, larger location! She lives in Newtown with her husband and three young boys and enjoys dancing and volunteering as Cubmaster to Newtown’s Pack 470.

robyn abrams

Outreach & Education Coordinator

Robyn has been a part of EverWonder since the opening of its expanded space in 2015. She brings a background in music and art, as well years of experience in customer service and administrative support. Naturally curious, her passion for science, as well as the arts, includes, but is not limited to, Astronomy, Botany, and Earth Science. She attributes her lifelong curiosity and love of nature to the influence of family and dedicated educators, and she believes strongly that nurturing childrens’ creativity and innate curiosity, as well as empowering them to think “outside the box” is essential to their overall well-being. She hopes to instill the next generation of creative, young learners that same lifelong love and inquisitiveness for the world around them. Robyn has lived in Newtown for over a decade where she enjoys spending time outdoors in nature, folding origami, and creating handmade greeting cards. She is a local photographer, and an active member of Newtown’s Flagpole Photography club where she currently serves as Vice-President.

dana walker

Administrative & Programming Strategist

Dana began working at EverWonder in October of 2019. Keep an eye out for her in her favorite dinosaur dress! As the newest member of the team, she looks forward to learning and growing along with the museum and enjoys teaching museum programming activities as much as the children love to participate. Driven by compassion as well as a love for the natural sciences and outdoors, Dana is an enthusiastic employee who is always eager to share her knowledge. She is the liaison for Trout in the Classroom, taking care of over 200 brown trout annually.

Dana has a passion for art history and contemporary art in all mediums, particularly for artists local to the region. She has fostered a career in the arts, previously working as a curator, architecture docent, gallery director, and weaver. In her spare time she pursues her passion for writing and photography, and has exhibited photographs in Newtown, Connecticut and East Hampton, New York.

pam fagan

Lead Educator

Pam spent her career as an educator in the private and public sector.  She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Science in Reading.  Following six years of teaching in Danbury and Fairfield, the majority of her 33-year teaching career was spent at Middle Gate School in Newtown which included 10 years of teaching kindergarten and 17 years as the Math/Science Specialist for Middle Gates’ K-5 (later K-4) students.

Pam is currently a volunteer for EverWonder’s Story Lab sessions on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as lead instructor for in-house field trips and summer camp sessions.  She has lived in Sandy Hook for over 40 years with her husband, Brian, and enjoys traveling and visits with their children and grandchildren who live in Maryland and New Hampshire.

sheila may

Educator

Sheila has been in the early childhood field for 34 years, including 20 as a preschool director. She recently retired as the Director of Congregation Beth El’s K’tanim Preschool in Fairfield. She started the preschool at Beth El in 2007 along with six moms who wanted to have a preschool at their synagogue. She was a board member for EverWonder from 2012-2015, helping to start the EverWonder Experience and created some of our outreach programs. She is thrilled to be volunteering with her “Science with Ms. Sheila” program and loves getting to know the many families and staff at EverWonder. Sheila has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and a Master’s in Special Education. She lives in Newtown with her husband Bill and has two married daughters and five grandchildren.

molly smith

Accessibility Liaison & Volunteer Coordinator

Molly has been working with children of all abilities for 25 years. She has her B.A. in Psychology, Associate’s in Early Childhood Education, and is a Speech/Language Pathologist Assistant. Molly completed training for the initiative Accessibility for All, which provided training and education on how to best serve our whole population and meet individual’s with special needs. As such, she not only is one of our favorite party hosts, but she coordinates all the museum’s volunteers as well as teaches some of our outreach programs. She lives with her husband and two children, who love to visit the museum (especially to hold Cassini). Molly brings fun energy and creative ideas to work each day and we love her quirky style and spirit!

melissa janco

Educator

Melissa is a Newtowner, born and raised. She graduated from Newtown High School, followed by Salve Regina University with a B.S. in both Elementary Education and Special Education. She is currently a middle school Special Education Teacher in the Danbury Public Schools. She is also engaged to her college sweetheart and they have recently purchased their first home in Sandy Hook. She has been working at EverWonder since 2014, beginning as a summer employee in college, assisting with birthday parties and the front desk. Throughout the past six years, she has run birthday parties and summer camps as well. She loves guiding children as they explore the museum and says it is amazing to watch their enthusiasm, curiosity, and creativity flourish at the museum. We are fortunate to have her on our staff and love her passion for children.

maddie hintze

Educator

Maddie is a Junior at Newtown High School where she sings in multiple choirs, guides Freshmen in Link Crew, and tutors fellow students in Spanish. She is a member of the World Language Honor Society, International Thespian Society, and National Honor Society. She enjoys creating art and music. In her free time, she likes to go on nature hikes with her five siblings and their fluffy Bernedoodle. Maddie has been with EverWonder for one year and is a natural with children. We love her bright spirit and smile.

tyler grosso

Educator

Tyler is a Junior at Newtown High School and plays on the soccer team.
He also enjoys playing piano, basketball, and hanging out with friends.
He has worked for EverWonder just under one year and loves to make the kids laugh. We enjoy seeing him in the museum every weekend.

First Aid • CPR • AED Certified

Our staff is First Aid/CPR/AED Certified for our guests’ safety. At all times, there is
a CPR certified staff member working who is also trained in the use of our
on-site AED, graciously donated by In a Heartbeat Foundation.

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