Lab Staff

Outdoor Lab Staff

Christine Payack

Director/Teacher- Outdoor Lab

Christine Payack is honored to be part of the Outdoor Lab community!  She joined the Lab staff in 2016 by way of Jamestown Elementary School (JES) in Arlington where she was a second grade teacher, the Science Lead and supervisor of the fifth grade Green Team. Her colleagues named her the JES Teacher of the Year in 2013-14.

Her public school teaching experience spans over 30 years in VA, NH and Cambridge, MA and also includes working with children and adults in various afterschool, community and environmental centers. Christine’s students called her the “Creature Teacher” because of her love for all animals domestic and wild. She earned a B.Sc. in Animal Ecology and Conservation from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and a M.Sc. in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School. Christine was recognized as the 1995 Massachusetts Audubon Conservation Teacher of the Year. She is a participant in the Smithsonian’s Migratory Bird Center Bridging the Americas program. In the summer, she teaches at the National Zoo’s Summer Safari Day Camp. Christine brings her passion for the natural world into her work with children –striving to teach children to care about each other and all living things– so they believe they can and will make a difference for the environment today and in the future.

Christine hails from New Jersey. She enjoys reading her field guides, sorting through her “biofacts” and learning as much as she can about nature.  She lives with her elegant retired greyhound, friendly cat, former classroom guinea pig and elder cockatiel.


Kate Sydney

Teacher- Outdoor Lab

We welcome Kate Sydney to the staff of the Outdoor Lab!  More info soon.


Anthony Adamovich

Staff, Outdoor Lab
Anthony is responsible for leading and teaching student groups, helping to maintain the property and equipment, contributing to the daily administration of the Outdoor Lab, and assisting with curriculum development and updates. Anthony grew up in Arlington, attended public schools there, worked as an intern at the Outdoor Lab in high school, and helped build the original Outdoor Lab tipi as a Scout project. He has been working at the Outdoor Lab since 1991.

Anthony went to Northern Virginia Community College and to Prescott College in Central Arizona. His continuing education has included study of native wild edible plants, wildflowers, and amphibians, such as becoming a certified FrogWatcher through the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Anthony is also certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Among his many other experiences, he spent the 1997-1998 school year developing and leading programs for State Forests and Parks of Massachusetts under the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps. Anthony enjoys playing music, hiking, birdwatching, and exploring and being in the outdoors.

He lives in Front Royal with his wife Na and their son Winslow.

 


Jessica Leslie

Staff, Outdoor Lab

Jessica Leslie (a.k.a. Ms. Bat) joined the Lab Staff in 2017.  She has a long connection to the Lab as a parent and now as a staff member!

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica lives in Arlington with her husband Scott.


 

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NEW Staff, Outdoor Lab

We welcome a new Assistant to the staff of the Outdoor Lab! More info soon.


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NEW Staff, Outdoor Lab

We welcome a new Assistant to the staff of the Outdoor Lab! More info soon.

 


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NEW Staff, Outdoor Lab

We welcome a new Maintenance Assistant to the staff of the Outdoor Lab! More info soon.

 


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