Virtual Staff Pick Educational Resources

Welcome to our "Staff Pick" page. We asked the Town of Davidson staff to share a favorite place that everyone can enjoy virtually. Do you have a favorite place we can virtually visit?  We’d love to hear about it!  Email us at 

Carmen Clemsic, Parks & Recreation - She grew up in Chicago and one of her favorite places to visit was the Art Institute of Chicago, her favorite painting there is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. She joined the military and was able to travel and visit many of the places that inspired her favorite artists!

Leslie Willis, Parks & Recreation - Anytime she is able, Leslie loves to be in and by water. Two of her favorite virtual ocean sites are the National Marine Sanctuaries, where you can take a virtual dive, and the closer to home, Georgia Aquarium, where you can watch live webcams of piranha feedings or penguins playing in their habitat.

Jarrid Kerns, Public Works - One of his favorite places to visit is Colorado. He normally spends his time skiing but you can check out the Denver Museum of Nature & Science until next ski season.

Wendy Matthews, Communications -  Have you been to the NC Zoo? It’s a favorite place for Wendy! Her favorite animal is the gorilla, and she can sit for a LONG time at the windows of the gorilla enclosure, so long that her family will continue to wander the grounds without her. 

Franlisa Krupa, Parks & Recreation - While she loves our local parks, Franlisa will never pass up an opportunity to visit a national park, and the best one to visit virtually is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Amanda Preston, Communications - Amanda was a history major at Davidson College, and spent a semester studying abroad in London! The British Museum will always be close to her heart, and they have a TON of online resources including virtual tours and galleries, behind-the-scenes podcasts, a fun Curator’s Corner series on their YouTube page, and more. 

Liam Kirwan, Finance - When Liam isn’t calculating numbers in our finance department he is enjoying the great outdoors! One of his favorites is Yosemite National Park, it’s huge but this virtual tour makes it possible to see it all!

Betsy Shores, Town Clerk - Betsy loves music and wanted to share NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts for you to enjoy while you’re at home. Her favorites are Sesame Street for families with small children and if you attended college in the mid to late 90’s like she did you’ll appreciate Dave Matthews tiny desk concert!

Karen Whichard, Assistant Town Manager - With Karen’s family of five home together, their 18 month old has been learning her alphabet with these catchy tunes from Sesame Street. The older kids love art, and the Guggenheim’s online resources have been a fun way to spend time visiting a favorite spot. Karen is also lover of the great outdoors and spent a good portion of her childhood in the shadow of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. While her favorite spot Andrew’s Bald isn’t on this list of virtual hikes, several great waterfalls are.

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