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Ben Michaelis, Camp Teacher

Ben Michaelis has been with the museum since 2012. The leader of our field trip program, Ben also oversees our offsite events and partner programs. Ben originated our Pre-K music camps here at the museum, and you may also recognize Ben as Dr. Science! Ben holds a BA in Performance Studies and is an active musician and actor in our community.
 Ben Michaelis


Natasha Ivanichek, Camp Teacher

Natasha holds degrees in Ecology and Geography and has been with Hands On since 2013. Natasha leads our Pre-Kindergarten class and, as a gifted artist and photographer, she infuses the curriculum with creativity. She is also a lead camp teacher here at the museum.
 Natasha Ivanichek


Allie Deaton, Camp Teacher

Allie has an AA degree in Intercultural Communications and has studied Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Youth Education at The Evergreen State College. Allie is fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language. She has volunteered with the museum since 2010 and officially joined the staff in 2018.
 Allie Deaton

Ashley Bench, Camp Teacher

Ashley has an AA degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as a preschool teacher for many years before joining the team here at Hands On in 2019. Ashley brings a strong knowledge of child development to our program.
 Ashley Bench

Madison Peters, Camp Teacher

Madison has a degree in Environmental Science and Management, and an Associates in Studio Art. She joined Hands On in 2020. In her time here, she has taken on many roles including a lead camp teacher. Before working at the Museum she spent her time working with various non-profits in education and outreach. In her spare time, Madison enjoys gardening and kayaking.

Nikki Zita, Camp Teacher

Nikki is a naturalist and environmental educator who earned a BA in Environmental Ethics and a Masters in Environmental Education before joining the museum in 2020. Nikki is committed to inquiry-based education and in fostering children’s innate curiosity about the world around them.
 Nikki Zita