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I’m Andrea Harper, a St. Louis native in my late 20’s wading through graduate school, life as a new homeowner and learning as much as I can along the way. With communication and informal education experience I also bring a passion for environmental sustainability issues and alternatives and enthusiasm for inspiring people through a variety of educational settings. For the past two and a half years I’ve been the Volunteer Coordinator for the Education Division at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I’ve been learning so much from our diverse volunteer corps, everything ranging from plant biology and research, educating best practices, interpretation techniques for engagement, viewing patience and time management as true skills sets (among a much longer list). The education the volunteers carry out every day to our visitors inspires me to learn more about people, has grown my interest in inclusion and interpretation and served as a motivator for me to begin graduate studies with Heritage Leadership. I’m so excited about where this program is going to take me academically, professionally and personally.