A Hands-On Job that Inspires Curiosity in All Ages

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I interviewed Cybil Huff who works demonstrator, actor and facilitator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Cybil has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

I interviewed Cybil Huff who works demonstrator, actor and facilitator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Cybil has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She worked in a school-based preschool classroom providing early intervention to children with special educational needs but then became interested in museum work because she has always loved museums!  Working at the museum allows her to teach in another environment.

As an actor, she is able to perform different shows in all areas of the museum.  In her role as a facilitator, she talks with small groups or with individuals to discuss and explain different science principles.  The fun thing about her job is that there is no real typical day! Every day is a new adventure! Depending on the day, she might be working in the Discovery Zone, in Expedition Health, or in Space Odyssey. Every day the crowds are different…some are quiet and slow, and interested in really sitting and talking. Some are busy and loud and react well to entertaining shows.  Some days I will be playing drums with 2 year olds all day, other days I am explaining coronary artery disease to senior citizens!  At times, there are many problems to solve, such as lost grown-ups, technical issues and behind the scenes work.  Every day is fun though!  “I get to have fun doing shows and sharing science with hundreds of guests!”

When asked if she was scared of holding the Madagascar hissing cockroaches, she mentioned that she wasn’t because they’re pretty harmless.  Sometimes their little legs can be pretty pokey though!   The scariest part of her job is cutting up sheep lungs and hearts.

Cybil just loves how this job has many facets. It always keeps her busy and challenged!  “I feel so lucky to be paid to hang out with friends, act, and learn new things!!!”  The staff people I work with are creative, smart, funny and talented! She feels so lucky to be a part of inspiring curiosity and exciting minds of all ages. “I think my job is the most fun job in the world!”