Dave Johnston

… is the Director of Professional Development for the Wildlife Conservation Society. In his current role, he is responsible for supervising a team of Professional Development Coordinators and running all aspects of teacher and graduate education for WCS Education across all five of its NYC-based parks. In his professional history, he’s been a zookeeper, research assistant, environmental educator, high school science teacher, and university faculty member. He holds a B.A. in Physical Anthropology from Penn State University, an M.Ed. in Science Education from City College of New York, and is a doctoral candidate in Teacher Education and Teacher Development at Montclair State University. His doctoral dissertation is on exploring informal science educator decision making around inquiry-based teaching through the lens of the Anthropological Theory of Didactics. This focus has given him the amazing opportunity to take several doctoral courses at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, exploring issues in science and math education with a team of international scholars!