From Internship to Marine Educator

I am in this career and where I am today because someone took a chance on me. In 1998, I was working as chemical compliance technician for a local army base. I had worked there almost three years and I hated the job. I realized it was time for a change. I saw an ad in a local newspaper for an Environmental Education Intern at Pickering Creek Audubon Center on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. At this point in my life, I had done a little education. I had done some work in local schools in college and spent a few months helping with sleepovers at the Maryland Science Center.


An End-of-Year Letter to my Squiddos

This is a tough time of year…all those projects and tests! Leaving friends, family, and teachers who care about you as you move to the next adventure. Mother’s and Father’s Day, and Graduation gifts, stuff for college…it can be daunting! Maybe I can help you look at this a little differently…


Supporting Healthy Waterways One Boater at a Time

It all started at the tidepools on the Washington Coast. The seastars, barnacles, sea anemones, crabs, and limpets – so many things to see! I had so many questions. What did they eat? How did they keep from drying out? How did they stay attached to the rocks? I am grateful that I had the chance to visit the coast and that my parents would encourage me to seek answers to these questions. Fast forward many years, I am still in awe of the ocean and the life it supports.


Sharks, Stewardship, and STEM – Lessons with Lindsay Laughner

Summer had just begun. I was cleaning up my first grade classroom in Bloomington, Indiana, when a Facebook post notification appeared on my computer. Chris Fischer, OCEARCH Founder and Expedition Leader posted that he had talked with a classroom and offered to Skype with others. Would he be willing to talk with my students, in a small school in Indiana? Of course!