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#WeAreNMEA - Jaime Thom

Posted By Jaime Thom, Monday, January 28, 2019

Jaime ThomJaime Thom

School Programs Manager

South Carolina Aquarium
Charleston, SC

I began my marine educator career as a School Programs Intern at the South Carolina Aquarium in 2001. I now manage that same program and have been with the Aquarium for over 15 years!

As the School Programs Manager, I run the Aquarium's school programs, which teach school-age children science topics in a fun, hands-on way. Students can interact with animals as well as participate in fun labs to learn about everything from habitats to sea turtle rehabilitation.
I am also in charge of teacher workshops, curriculum writing and teaching programs. I lead a staff of 15 fantastic educators who spend everyday "making people's day" here at the Aquarium.

Jaime Thom teaching a invertebrate lessonThe best part of my job as a marine educator is that no single day is like any other. One day I could spend writing a new lesson for kindergarten students and the next day I could be teaching a group of high school students about sea turtle rescue and rehab. Then I might get to run a teacher workshop before switching gears and walking around the Aquarium with a snake for our visitors to see. Never a dull moment and we always say, "there is no such day as a typical day". I love that about my job!

Because of this, I get to interact with many people throughout our community as well as around the US and the world. If a handful of them learn to appreciate the environment and find a way to make it better, I've done my part.

Most recently we've added a stronger message about plastic pollution to our school programs. Everyone has heard, "pick up trash" or "don't litter", which are both great messages that we continue to share, but now we are adding in more specifics about decreasing single use plastic and saying no to straws. From our kindergarten programs that focus on habitats to our high school programs that focus on sea turtles, we are hoping to make a difference by planting the seeds of conservation.

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