Environmental Outreach Coordinator
Monica Kilpatrick and Jo Adang have been co-coordinators for Georgia’s Project WET for almost 10 years and have enjoyed every minute! They come to Project WET from different angles and complement each other’s strengths—Monica from the non-profit, non-formal direction and Jo from the formal classroom. With a passion for environmental education they have been heavily involved in the state’s EE organizations and events, and both have served on professional boards and councils. In what spare time they can manage, Monica enjoys being with her two daughters and husband – hiking, reading, and volunteering at various community events; and Jo loves to paint en plein air and spend time at her beach house on Tybee Island.
Meet Jo, in her own words:
My 14th floor cubicle faces a window. Straight ahead is a twin to my building with its windows facing mine. If I press my cheek against the glass and look hard left I can see the golden dome of the Georgia State Capitol building, and to the right I can just make out Stone Mountain on the hazy horizon. And I feel like the luckiest person alive. Why? Because I have been in the best job of my life for the last 10 years. I can check off all of the boxes with this one: creative, challenging, instructive and all about giving educators a new tool for their use.
Workshops are the best part—especially those that involve costumes, singing and magic! I do have favorite activities and use them often, but I also try to make myself insert at least one new or different one for each workshop. Themed workshops such as literature-based or subject-based are a major thing we do too. I am also lucky because I work with Monica, who goes along with any crazy idea I might have and helps me implement it.
Outside of work exciting things are happening. I have recently moved to a new house and have had fun decorating and furnishing it. My boyfriend became my fiancé and has been playing house with me. We have been buying so much online for this place that we forget what we ordered. Each day when I get home from work, I look to see if there is another “Christmas present” waiting at the door. Such a thrill!
I have recently gotten back into exhibiting my paintings—I am in a city-wide show right now. I am just putting my toe back into the water to test how I feel about it after not exhibiting for nearly 6 years. For those who don’t know, I am a plein air oil painter and used to be a full-time professional artist. Over the years I have continued to paint. When I moved I brought down 80 paintings from the attic and took down 30 from my walls. I had to move to a bigger house just to store my paintings!
Interviewed September 2015