Anthony serves as the Extension 4-H Program Coordinator in Will county. He, along with the rest of the 4-H team, works to set the stage for a program that creates the future leaders of tomorrow. As the 4-H Program Coordinator, Anthony helps families navigate the 4-H program, coordinates volunteers & events, oversees club management, manages the 4-HOnline and FairEntry platforms, and coordinates the 4-H fair among other things.
Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources (with individualized study in Environmental Research & Informal Interpretation) from Oregon State University. He is continuing his education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences. He is a homeschool alumni and was a 4-H member for 11 years. Throughout his 4-H career and into college, Anthony was heavily involved in 4-H – serving a four-year term on the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, a two-year term on the Illinois 4-H Foundation board of directors, and was on many other state and national committees.
Anthony has a passion for scientific interpretation and has done extensive work in informal education, specializing in informal models of environmental education designed for long-term and sustained learning in youth and young adults.
Most recently, Anthony developed a learning method called Real World Experiential Problem Solving. Using an open-ended method focused on real-world problems and solutions, the model builds on the strengths of Experiential Learning & Problem Based Learning with a goal to create a more equitable learning methodology when used in environmental education while also reducing the burden that environmental education often places on educators. Anthony wrote a paper introducing the method which is in the process of being published and the method will be piloted on a larger scale in the coming years.