Volunteer Vibes: Gayle

Gayle-&-WendyKiDiMu would not be what it is today without the support of many amazing volunteers. Gayle Schweizer, a wonderful Wednesday docent, is one of them, helping visitors connect with the exhibits and with each other.

“Gayle embodies the spirit and culture of KiDiMu. She always puts the children first in a fun, educational, positive and supportive way that aligns with the goals and core values of the Museum.
We are so lucky to have her!”

– Susie Burdick, Executive Director

With her own daughters all grown up and previous teaching career under her belt, Gayle has realized that she missed interacting with children. That is why, in March 2013, she decided to join the Volunteer Team at KiDiMu, and it has been a great fit for her and the Museum.

Gayle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and had taught preschoolers for many years. She has also volunteered with the Bainbridge Island School District. With all that amazing experience, she is just the right person to help KiDiMu visitors learn through play and discover creative ways to use Museum exhibits.

About Volunteering at KiDiMu
“I see my job as helping kids and parents get the most out of the Museum. I enjoy interacting with the kids and encouraging them to try out new things and reflect on what they are doing. I love watching the excitement on the faces of the children coming to KiDiMu for the first time and seeing the regulars find new ways to interact with all the different areas.”

Favorite KiDiMu Moment

“It would have to be more than one! I love to follow the kids’ cues and let them explore.”

Docent Tips for KiDiMu Visitors
Gayle emphasizes the importance of not being in a hurry while discovering KiDiMu. Instead, families are encouraged to come back more than once, if possible. Each visit will be a new adventure for their children. “There are always new things to experience and children will use the old materials in new ways,” Gayle says.

She recognizes that first trip to the Museum can be overwhelming, especially if it is on a busy day. It is a good idea to slow down and help your child focus on a few areas, or better yet – plan to come on Wednesday morning and explore the Museum with Gayle. She has a knack for getting young visitors comfortable and confident to explore KiDiMu.

Gayle and her husband live on Bainbridge Island and own a construction business together. She has many interests and especially loves to cook and bake!

Interested in volunteering at KiDiMu?
Click here to learn more or contact Lisa at lisa@kidimu.org.