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Meet the Bradbury’s Guides

Introducing Isolina Viloria.
August 1, 2020
Bradbury Science Museum Guide, Isolina Viloria

Bradbury Science Museum Guide, Isolina Viloria

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I also love that it is a multicultural place where I frequently meet people from all over the world— Isolina Viloria

If you’ve ever been to the Bradbury, you’ve no doubt been welcomed and given a quick orientation by one of our eight Museum guides. Our guides are integral to your experience at the Bradbury, and we rely on them not only to prepare the galleries for guests, but also to greet our guests; to engage with them; to answer their many, many questions; and to ensure their well-being (as well as that of the Museum) during their visit.

While our guides are social distancing, and not able to enjoy the up-close and personal side of their jobs, we thought it might be nice to share a bit about them in our new, eight-part series: “Meet the Guides”

Without further ado, please meet Isolina Viloria—

Tell us, Isolina, where are you from and where do you live now? Hello, I am originally from Valencia, Venezuela, a city with over two million inhabitants located in a central valley surrounded by the Cordillera de la Costa mountain range. I moved to Los Alamos 14 years ago, after visiting the area. I remember being impressed by the Pajarito Plateau because it reminded me of the tepuyes or mesetas (table-top mountains) found in southern Venezuela.

How many places have you lived, and which were your favorites?
I have lived in three places, including my hometown of San Diego, Caracas (Venezuela’s capital), and Los Alamos. Each is special to me, so I can’t say I have a favorite. Valencia has a vibrant culture and beautiful beaches, so I do miss the ocean and the abundance of fresh seafood. That said, I have loved Los Alamos since I moved here. I love the sunsets over the Sangres, the trails, and the simplicity. I also love that it is a multicultural place where I frequently meet people from all over the world. I feel like I belong here. 

Can you tell us a little about your family life or hobbies you enjoy?
I met my husband Zach in 2002, when he was living and teaching in Colegio Internacional de Carabobo (CIC) in Valencia, and we have two sons who’ve learned to enjoy hiking, biking, camping and skiing just as much as we do! I also love gardening, cooking, Latin music, practicing yoga, and traveling. 

Can you tell me a little about your career?
I started my career in customer service when I was 17, working for the National Telephone Company of Venezuela (CANTV) while attending the University of Carabobo at night. When I moved to Los Alamos in 2006, I started taking ESL classes at UNM-LA while working part time as a teaching assistant at The Ark Child Development Center. Currently, I teach an ESL class at UNM-LA, work at the Bradbury, and teach Spanish to my kids at home. 

Are there life or career experiences that seem to come in really handy when you’re working at the Museum? 
I spent many years working in Customer Service, which now helps me provide the best possible experiences for visitors to the Bradbury, and my fluency in Spanish means I can really reach out to our Spanish-speaking guests. Additionally, because of my experience and interest in teaching, I was able to assist our Museum Educators with a summer program in Española, which was really fun. 

What are some of your favorite things about working at the Museum?
There is always something new to learn from our exhibits and our visitors. It’s also great to work with such a close-knit and supportive team. Plus, the guide positions are part time, which is helpful when you have school age kids and love to travel!  Another definite bonus is the chance celebrity encounters. I’ve met a few famous artists while working at the Bradbury, including Robert Redford and my favorite Venezuelan pianist, Gabriela Montero! 

Tell us about your favorite exhibit at the Bradbury.
One of my favorite exhibits is Radiation, located in the Research Gallery. I like it because it is hands-on, with a working Geiger counter to test different exhibit materials. You can even use our questionnaire to measure your own daily exposure to radiation.

Espero verlos en el museo!  (I hope to see you at the museum!)