BS in Marine Science & Biology from the University of Tampa and an MS in Science Education from Southern CT State University
This is my first year (2017) at AFA, however, I have been teaching for the past five years in Maryland. I am originally from Connecticut, but I’ve also lived in Florida (prior to now), and also in Illinois. My undergraduate career began at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where I studied Oceanography and was a recruited swimmer for the Division 1 Women’s Swimming and Diving Team. After two years I transferred to the University of Tampa, and completed my undergraduate degree with a BS in Marine Science & Biology. During that time I also got certified as a SCUBA diver through PADI, and worked my way up to Divemaster. I have been diving throughout Florida, the Caribbean, and other beautiful spots on our blue planet over the past 20+ years.
My background is in marine science, first starting out as fisheries research biologist for the FL Marine Research Institute here in St. Pete, and then landed my dream job working with Bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions at Dolphins Plus, Inc. in Key Largo. If you would like to ask me anything about those years of experience, please do! I go down to see my dolphins as often as I can, because they will always be my “gray-faced” children. After working with dolphins, I entered the veterinarian technician field and provided assistance to horses, cattle, farm stock, and then small domestics and exotics. As you can see, I love working with animals!
I am so excited to be a part of the Farragut Family and cannot wait to teach you about all the wonders of this beautiful planet that we live on! Most importantly, I cannot wait to get to know more about each one of you, and I look forward to what YOU can teach me!