EARTH 2019 – Participants
My name is Joanna Chierici and I am originally from England but have lived in New Jersey for the last 15 years. I have been teaching science for 26 years. I currently teach science to 8th and 9th graders. I also teach marine biology as a gifted and talented option. This coming year, I hope to run an after school citizen science club. This is my 2nd time at EARTH and it is a truly inspiring experience. It has given me the tools and confidence to deliver real data in the classroom and get involved with ocean education.
jchierici AT ewrsd.k12.nj.us
I am Kathy Couchon and I live and teach in beautiful Narragansett, RI. I did both my undergrad and master’s at the University of Rhode Island. I started as a 7th grade teacher but have been at the high school for the last 10 years. Last year I taught Earth & Physical Science, Biology and Special Ed Science. Next year I am teaching freshman science only. Two teacher research experiences to the arctic have fueled my passion for polar and global climate change science. When not enjoying the RI coast, I am off visiting my two daughters – in San Antonio and Salt Lake City. I love being part of the EARTH experience.
kcouchon AT nssk12.org
My name is Katie Lodes and I teach at an all-girls, Catholic high school in suburban St Louis, MO (next year will be #29). I’m enamored with life on our planet, and my family loves spending summers traveling to explore the wonders. I look forward to EARTH every summer. It has revolutionized my teaching. I have confidence to use real data in the classroom and to encourage my students to creatively think about the story that data tells. Of course, the real gems of EARTH are the network of teachers and scientists!
klodes AT stjosephacademy.org
Megan McCall—I’ve enjoyed teaching high school science for 16 years and have been a STEAM Coordinator for Bayside Academy for K-12 for the past two years. Last year I finally completed my PhD in Instructional Design and Development! I’ve been blessed to study science education in some amazing places across the globe, such as New Zealand (Fulbright), Antarctica and the Arctic (ARMADA Project). Receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) has also been a highlight of my career! Can’t wait to continue learning at MBARI EARTH this summer and work with y’all!
meganomccall AT gmail.com
George Matsumoto—I arrived at MBARI in December 1996 after three years teaching marine biology at Flinders University of South Australia. Together with my wife and our sons Daniel and Kevin, we have made Monterey our home.
As the senior education and research specialist, my role involves several different projects: seminar coordinator, summer internship coordinator, distance education, links between the research institute and other partners, and other projects that I haven’t begun yet. Please see our educational resources page for links.
mage AT mbari.org
Jennifer Magnusson—I have been the EARTH Webmaster since its inception in 2003, when I was an intern at MBARI. I have a background in marine science, education, and graphic design, and enjoy projects that incorporate all of these aspects. I grew up on the southern California coast, and have a great love for the ocean. I have taught Oceanography on board a schooner in the Caribbean, and have participated in two research cruises in the mid-Atlantic ocean: as a graduate student on the R/V Knorr with the ROV JASON, and as the onboard education officer on the JOIDES Resolution. I am passionate about marine science education and am an advocate of networking at the regional (NAME) and national level (NMEA)!
earth AT mbari.org