Molly Wheatley

I’ve been a teacher with CPS for 11 years and I’ve taught kindergarten, first grade and fifth grade. As an elementary educator I’ve always strived to bring nature into the classroom whether it was sharing birding with my students, class pets, fishing and learning about native Missouri critters. Building relationships with students in nature is one of my greatest honors as an educator.

  • BA in Psychology & Education from Columbia College
  • Master of Art in Teaching from Columbia College
  • Master of Education in School Counseling from Stephens
  • Columbia Audubon Society Member

Jordan Rockett

A lifelong nature enthusiast and ten-year science educator, Mrs. Rockett brings a passion for the outdoors and a wealth of experience to Boone County Nature School. Having witnessed the transformative power of nature education while chaperoning multiple Teton Science School and Yellowstone trips, she creates engaging, hands-on experiences for students of all ages and levels, from elementary gifted to high school honors anatomy. Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Rockett enjoys exploring nature through hiking, camping, and fishing. She has pet dogs, chickens, giant tortoises, snakes and geckos. She enjoys reading and training working dogs in her free time.

  • M.Ed. in Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum – University of Missouri Columbia
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences – University of Missouri Columbia
  • First Year Teacher of the Year Award – Columbia Public Schools
  • Beginning Science Teacher of the Year – STOM Award

Gabe Nichols

For the past decade, I’ve been an educator with a passion for innovative learning experiences, particularly when it connects students to nature. I strive to create engaging experiences that use meaningful shared activities to build understanding and collaboration.

Beyond the classroom, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family through activities like hunting, fishing, boating, and beekeeping. We also operate a small homestead outside of Columbia, MO. These experiences not only fuel my own connection with the environment, but also informs my approach to leading the classroom as an educator.

My academic background compliments my passion for environmental education. I hold a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, along with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri. I am so excited to be a part of the Boone County Nature School’s innovative approach and focus on environmental education.

Joe Brown

As a science and nature educator, Mr. Brown aims to bring nature relevance and accessibility to students and the community through discovery, creativity, building student relationships and having fun while working together. He enjoys fishing, hiking, SCUBA diving, traveling, fossil and Missouri artifact hunting, beekeeping, gardening and playing guitar.

·        Truman State University, BA in Biology

·        Truman State University, MAE in Unified Sciences

·        More than 20 years of teaching experience

·        Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Citizen’s Award winner

·        Certified NASP Archery Instructor

·        MDC Discover Nature Fishing Volunteer