As an undergraduate at Colorado State University, I worked at the International Office and helped facilitate students in their transition to the University. I also developed orientation materials for our students traveling abroad throughout the world. This was an amazing opportunity that opened my eyes to the value of travel and cultural exchange, and it motivated me to spend two semesters studying anthropology and marine ecology in Australia and Belize. After graduating with a B.S. in Biology in 1999, I began pursuing a career involving my two greatest passions—marine science and education. Since that time, I have worked at the Ocean Institute, SeaTrek BVI, and Pacific Whale Foundation as a lead instructor, internship coordinator, floating lab technician, and curriculum developer. In 2004, I earned my Secondary Science Education Credential and M.A. in Teaching from UC-Irvine and taught high school integrated science, biology and marine ecology. From 2008-2010 I was a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellow, teaching and developing technology- and field-based water quality and ecology curriculum for the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). I also earned my M.S. degree in Earth and Environmental Science through Indiana University where my research focused on algal ecology and water quality. Since 2010 I have worked with the National Geographic Society as a master educator/curriculum writer & reviewer and helped develop and conduct the National Teachers Leadership Academy: Oceans, a marine ecology curriculum designed for high school science teachers from around the U.S. In 2013 I began working as an education consultant and board member for IAMH2O.org.