My high school biology teacher once referred to me as a conundrum… “You love science, but you aren’t good at it”. Who would have thought? It was true. I had always loved science. I was the five-year-old that was digging up the backyard looking for dinosaur bones, always wanting to learn why things happened, always questioning, always hypothesizing, but my gosh it was a struggle for me. It wasn’t until I was well into my double major in Geology and Evolutionary Biology at the university that I was diagnosed with dyslexia. This explained so much and was also the fuel to my fire to strive, achieve, educate, and inspire the young and the old to explore and enjoy science as much as I do. No learning difficulty was going to get in my way.
In my relatively short existence on this planet, I have had so many experiences that have shaped who I am today. I come from a family where only Polish is spoken at home. I am certain this is where my love of Polish science history has stemmed from. I am also heavily involved in the Polish community, volunteering lots of my time to teaching Polish folkloric dance to four- to ten-year-olds, participating in Polish folkloric dance and singing myself and busily working as the Entertainment Coordinator for the biennial Polish Harvest Festival. This is why Nitro Nat feels at home performing shows to those who come and watch. My science and math brain has certainly played a part in my love for playing and teaching music. I have been teaching violin for the past eight years in various school settings including one on one, small group, and whole class tuition.
By far one of my biggest achievements in my world of science was being selected to participate in the Euramanga National History Museum paleontology program to dig up megafauna. Talk about a highlight! This experience taught me so much about working in the field and cemented my love of this area of science. From here I began working with native Australian fauna, raising them and eventually doing live and interactive shows in a range of settings, from schools, birthday parties, corporate events, expos, and so forth. Yes, I feel at home on the stage.
So with all of these experiences in tow, I bring to you Nitro Nat. Me. Lots of fun. A fierce passion for science, inclusivity, interaction, integrity, and above all, they want to inspire in this wonderful world of science.