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#WeAreNMEA - Joey Noelle Scott

Posted By Joey Noelle Scott, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Joey Noelle ScottJoey Noelle Scott

Supervisor of Teacher Programs

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, CA

My journey to marine education started in college - 100 miles away from the ocean. Like many 20-year-olds, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I was majoring in genetics when a friend talked me into an internship working with a 3rd-grade teacher on a science curriculum project. I quickly fell in love with education, teaching, and saw the need for science education. After finishing my degree, I went to graduate school for my Master’s in Education. The program, at the University of California - Santa Cruz, had a strong focus on social justice and inquiry-based instruction, which has significantly impacted my work to this day. I taught in public elementary and middle schools teaching science and using science to teach other content areas. In 2009, I joined the Peace Corps and served two years in Lesotho, a small country in southern Africa. As a volunteer, I worked to support elementary teachers, helped train new volunteers who would serve as English teachers, and learned to speak basic Sesotho (Lumela!). Shortly after I returned to the States, I started working in the Teacher Programs Department at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In addition to my role leading teacher institutes and workshops, I’ve been able to work on some pretty innovative projects.

Kelp Forest e-BookKelp Forest Game Screen

I help manage all of the curriculum available on our website, but developing our two digital curriculum products -- an ebook and accompanying app -- was new for all of us. They are designed to help kids learn more about the amazing animals that live in the kelp forest ecosystem. They are free, interactive, and device-neutral. In addition to some great artwork, they help kids see the biotic and abiotic components and their interactions in this system.

MBA Teacher WorkshopLately I've also been working with a group of folks on a new program model that brings local environmental education providers together with classroom teachers. With training by and for each other, they work collaboratively to build a unit that includes both inside- and outside-the-classroom experiences. These activities are relevant to the students they serve and include authentic scientific experiences. This program will start its third year this summer and the evaluations so far have been pretty inspiring. We're hoping to share our experience with this program at the NMEA conference in June!

I am also the president of SWMEA (Southwest Marine/Aquatic Educators Association) this year and have the pleasure of working with amazing people from all over the region in sharing best practices and building community. Join your local NMEA chapter if you haven't already and hope to see you all in New Hampshire at #NMEA19!

Connect with Joey:

Twitter logo @joeyelle
Instagram logo @joeyelle

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