Our Education Director, Stephanie Johnson, has worked in children’s education for more than fifteen years. Prior to coming to Leesburg Animal Park, Stephanie worked as a teacher and child care center Director. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.S. in Human Development, she teaches with inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The Reggio Emilia approach emphasizes individualized learning and creativity through science-inspired activities, problem-solving, art and other modes of expression.
Stephanie is a mother of two boys and is an animal-lover at heart. She is actively involved in Bonobo conservation. Bonobos are an endangered species of great ape somewhat similar to chimpanzees. She has traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo in her conservation efforts.