Belinda Henry – Owner
The Creature Teacher has been educating children of all ages for almost 20 years. We hold over 600 shows each year at various libraries, schools, private parties, and scouting events.
In October 2011, the original owner and founder, Robyn Wheeler, retired from animal education in order to further pursue a writing career. The new owner, Belinda Henry, is a former educator. Belinda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science and spent 15 years in the medical profession before entering the education field. Belinda spent several years as a homeschool mom to her three children before returning to full time instruction. Recently, she served as the Nature Center Coordinator at Sky Ranch Christian Camps in Van, TX as well as an educator in their Outdoor Education Program.
Belinda and her family are avid animal lovers that hope to share their appreciation for these incredible animals and the positive influence they have on the environment around us.
Jon Bjornen – Director of Special Programs
Jon is originally from the small town of Hilo in the state of Hawaii. Growing up close to the ocean most of his life Jon has a love and passion for marine life, and enjoys getting the opportunity to educate others about the ocean. Jon studied at the University of Hawaii at Hilo earning a Bachelors in Marine Science, and has worked as a volunteer with NOAA, the Hawaii Marine Mammal Response Network, and the Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center. Jon has enjoyed getting to know all of our animals at The Creature Teacher and his favorite is Thor, our Colombian Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor. Jon loves being a part of The Creature Teacher and having the opportunity to educate kids on the importance of all animals and what makes them unique and amazing. Jon currently lives in Fort Worth along with his wife Amanda, their son Kioni, and their cat Pua.
Jon does all of our squid dissection and Creature Of the Sea programs. Imagine having a real Marine Biologist come to your school to teach about the ocean creatures!
Make sure and tell him “Aloha” when you see him!!
Kory Henry, M.Ed – Curriculum Director
Kory, aka Belinda’s husband, is also one of our awesome instructors. Kory received his Bachelors degree at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he grew up. After moving to the Dallas area, Kory went on to get his Master’s of Education from Southwestern Assembly of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. Kory has been a basketball coach and a teacher for a number of years. He just recently received his Principal Certification.
Kory’s passion for kids and animals is tremendous. He currently keeps all of the educators up to date on the grade appropriate TEKS so that our curriculum is top notch. He makes sure the students are learning the information in our programs that will benefit them in the classroom. His responsibilities also include research on the animals so that our programs are informative and entertaining.
He’s one smart guy and we are blessed to have him!
Emiley Brewer – Sales and Marketing Director / Instructor
Emiley comes to us from West Texas. She grew up in Greenwood, just outside of Midland and graduated from Greenwood High School. She received her Associate of Science degree from Midland College then moved to San Angelo and attended Angelo State University. While there, she received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science.
Emiley has always had a huge passion for animals. She grew up with numerous cats and dogs and spent most of her time working at vet clinics in both Midland and San Angelo. While working in San Angelo she was always the first to volunteer when an exotic patient came into the clinic. Exotics were something that strongly interested her, and she was eager to learn more about them. She has also worked at a child care facility where she presided over the three-year-old classroom and was grateful for the opportunity to expand their young minds. She even spent time volunteering at Greenwood Elementary School during high school and her early college years. Educating children is another passion that is near to her heart.
Emiley is excited for the opportunity to combine her love for animals and educating children into one. She currently lives in Waxahachie with her husband and their rescue dog, Munchkin.
She would be happy to bring some of our amazing animals to your classroom or birthday party for a truly unique experience!
Amber Simmons – Instructor
Amber graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She entered the education field shortly after graduation and has never looked back. She is currently a full time high school Chemistry teacher for the Dallas Independent School District. She looks forward to beginning her Masters Program in the coming months. On the weekends and summers, Amber helps out with programs for The Creature Teacher. Boy are we lucky to have her!!
Amber is a mom to two amazing teenagers. Her passion is teaching young people about science and she loves being able to do that with the awesome animals we have at The Creature Teacher.
Kaleb and Rick – Interns
Occasionally, our weekends or summers get super busy and we need to call in support staff. That’s where these two guys come in. Our “Dream Team” aka Kaleb and Rick are both working on their Master’s degrees in Geology at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. Kaleb’s concentration is Geophysics and Rick’s is Petroleum. They are both Teaching Assistants for undergrad Geology classes at SFA. Both are also avid animal lovers and needless to say, these guys know Science!
This amazing group of instructors, and the animals they will bring, will melt your heart, make you smile, and help give you a greater understanding of the awesomeness of nature. Book your event today!
Aaron and Azlin Itson – Zookeepers
Aaron and his daughter Azlin live in Italy, but can often be found at our nature center in Waxahachie. They are a very important part of our team, because they feed and clean up after all of the animals. They help to keep the nature center tidy and also make sure each animal gets the much needed love and enrichment they deserve! They are also a big help with loading and unloading animals for programs, and even occasionally help us out with Touch Tables!
Aaron has a background in law enforcement and currently works as a security officer for Waxahachie ISD. Azlin has a passion for sports and plays travel softball and basketball. They both love animals, and we are very grateful for all they do here at The Creature Teacher!
Our Teaching Philosophy
Although our teaching techniques may vary from each other, our beliefs do not. We, in The Creature Teacher organization, all know that the animals we teach about were created with a purpose by God. While we understand that opinions may vary, and we respect views different from our own, we will not teach evolution. Unless we are given specific permission, we ONLY share our knowledge of the animals, not our beliefs in the way they are created.