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I have been both a university teaching assistant, classroom educator as well as informal environmental educator in many capacities. From leading nature walks to mentoring high school students, I value the importance of teaching adults and children in a natural setting. I also enjoy working in the laboratory. For two consecutive years, I had the honor of returning to my undergraduate university to lead a field marine science course for high school students. I fondly remember all my field experiences and see these teaching efforts as a way to give back the enjoyment I had as a student.  References for each position are available upon request.

Teaching Support Specialist May-September 2010

Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell University – Portsmouth, NH
– Supervised undergraduate Teaching Assistants
– Managed laboratory facilities and scientific instrumentation
– Maintained and deployed oceanographic sampling equipment
– Assisted as USCG certified crew as needed for small research vessel operations
– Assisted with undergraduate coursework in applied field marine science
– Assisted with marine algae collection and specimen pressing for homeschool groups.
– Prepared plankton tow sample for microscopy, identification and demonstration of FLOWCAM instrument during  Marine Environmental Science course

Graduate Teaching Assistant, September – December, 2008
University of Southern Maine – Portland, ME
– Led group recitations for undergraduate chemistry CHY113
– Assisted with grading and homework assignments as needed

Adjunct faculty instructor, Summer 2003, 2004
University of New England – Biddeford, ME
Developed curriculum for 2-week coastal marine ecology course
– Delivered classroom and laboratory lectures
– Prepared and graded course quizzes and final examination

Environmental Educator, September 2002 -September 2003
AmeriCorps, Portland Water District – Throughout ME
– Delivered hands-on hydrologic lessons for K-12 classes
– Developed curriculum aligned with MLR educational standards
– Maintained a lending library and educational materials
– Constructed a puppet show filmed for MPBN at Children’s Museum of Portland,ME

Environmental educator, May 2002 -August 2002
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve – Wells, ME
– Instructed Junior Researchers summer day-camp for ages 8-13
– Supervised two high school MERITS interns
– Led docent tours and educational outreach as needed
– Volunteered with seasonal programming

Marine Science home school educator, Summer 2000-2002Private instruction to 2 homeschool children (contact reference upon request)

– provided hands-on marine science and ecology lessons
– Led educational walks and activities for daily planning
– Established a learning library: marine science subject

updated Jan. 2015

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