Teachers

Belinda Henry – Owner

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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.

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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.

Kory Henry, M.Ed – Curriculum Director

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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 – Angelo State University

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!

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 Colton Daugherty – Instructor

Colton – Lubbock Christian University

Colton graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Science Education.  He taught Biology for six years before coming to work for the Creature Teacher.  Colton grew up in Midlothian where he helped his dad raise cattle and also showed heifers in many livestock shows across Texas.  This work with cattle helped build Colton’s love of animals.  

Colton has a great love for teaching.  And his working for the Creature Teacher has furthered Colton’s desire for students to grow in their love of Science and learning about animals.  Colton tries to excite every person who attends his programs about animals and learning more about them!

Ryane Moates – Instructor

Ryane – Texas Women’s University

Ryane graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor’s of Science with a minor in psychology/social work. She worked as an Occupational Therapist in the Rehab Unit of Baylor Hospital in Irving until 2004. When she started having children she decided to stay home to raise them.

In 2013 she got certified to be an International Tour Manager, and began leading vacation tours throughout Europe and other areas of the world.

In fall of 2020 she expressed to us her desire to work with animals! And we are so blessed to have her as part of our team!

 

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

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!

Azlin

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.