Year Appointed: 2010
Virginia Tech, Fisheries Science – B.S.
William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Marine Science (Fisheries) – M.S.
“Education will always be a part of what I do,” Mr. Dutton says. He teaches Biology and Marine and Environmental Science I & II to CBGS students, and really enjoys teaching high school students as they are getting ready to make major life decisions before college.
Mr. Dutton believes that learning science can teach students valuable life lessons. He uses the Socratic method in his classroom because “lessons are so much more powerful when someone comes to a conclusion themselves instead of being told something”. Since in the scientific field there are no clear-cut answers, learning science helps students be comfortable with not always knowing the answer, but be able to confidently explain what they are certain of.
His favorite part of teaching at CBGS is watching students become comfortable with field research and marine science topics, such as “when students actually put their field notebooks in the mud and realize they will not disintegrate”, or tell him how they corrected someone that a “rockfish” really is a striped bass.