About Great Explorations Childrens Museum

ABOUT GREAT
EXPLORATIONS

For more than three decades, Great Explorations has held its position as the foremost children's museum in Tampa Bay, championing hands-on learning experiences through a well-established creative curriculum.

ACCREDITATIONS

Learning Through Creativity, Play, and Exploration

For more than three decades, Great Explorations has held its position as the foremost children’s museum in Tampa Bay, championing hands-on learning experiences through a well-established creative curriculum. Our commitment is unwavering, with a mission centered on stimulating learning through creativity, play, and exploration. 

As pioneers in the field, being the nation’s inaugural children’s museum to establish a licensed preschool, we take pride in fostering curiosity and delivering enrichment within a thoughtfully crafted, interactive learning setting.

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PLAY

In a safe collaborative environment.

LEARN

Through a proven creative
curriculum.

GROW

Through an enriching, innovative community

ACCREDITATIONS

Great Explorations is the first mid-size children’s museum in the country to achieve AAM accreditation. The museum joins the ranks of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Salvador Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

MEET OUR STAFF!

Meet the Heart and Minds Behind Great Explorations Children’s Museum! Our dedicated and passionate staff members are the driving force that transforms ordinary visits into extraordinary experiences for your little ones. Comprising educators, creatives, and child development specialists, our team is committed to fostering a nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment. With a shared love for inspiring curiosity and fostering lifelong learning, each staff member brings a unique set of skills and expertise to the museum. From guiding interactive exhibits to curating engaging programs, our staff is here to ensure that every visit is not only fun but also a valuable educational journey. Get to know the faces behind the magic and discover the wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm they bring to Great Explorations!

ANGELINE HOWELL

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Ahowell@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 Ext 208

ALAN KAHLE

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
akahle@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 205

LAUREL GINN

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
lginn@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 228

MORRIS

Morris The Explorasaurus -
Chief Executive Dinosaur (CED)
morris@greatex.org
IG: @morris_explores ext

MATTHEW HILTS

Deputy Director of Education
mhilts@greatex.org
7278218992 ext 215

CHEL PERSONIUS

Director of Educational Programs
cpersonius@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 219

EMILY BARNES

Assistant Director of Preschool
ebarnes@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 234

JENNIFER BELL

Director of Development
jbell@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 230

ALYSON MCKENZIE

Program Evaluator & Grant Writer
amckenzie@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 250

ALEX SIRIMARCO

Development Assistant
asirimarco@greatex.org
(727)821-8992 ext 221

AYANNA TYLER

Membership Coordinator/
Administrative Assistant
atyler@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 218

JAY SHULL

Exhibits Manager
jshull@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 202

JAKOB LAIRD

Facility Manager
jlaird@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 210

RYAN JENNY

Environmental Service Aide
info@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext

KIM STOCKTON

Marketing and PR Manager
kstockton@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 220

EMMET SCALES

Creative Marketing Specialist
escales@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 226

LAUREN SUTTON

Social Media & Brand Coordinator
lsutton@greatex.org
(727)821-8992 ext 211

GINA BARKER

Brand Ambassador
info@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext

JASMINE HATCHER

Interactive Education Manager
jhatcher@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 267

KRISTA FOSTER

Critter Specialist & Guest Experience Assistant Manager
kfoster@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 214

BELLA PERKINS

Guest Experience Assistant Manager
bperkins@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 214

DEMI KENNEDY

Volunteer Engagement Manager
dkennedy@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 236

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