Year Appointed: 2009
Rider University, Marine Science, Environmental Geology minor – B.S.
William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Biological Oceanography – M.S.
“My desire as an educator is to share my love and passion for marine science with the next generation of scientists, leaders, and citizens of the world,” says Mrs. Smith. “Being a scientifically literate citizen in this connected world will provide them with a background and a way of analyzing the complex problems they will face in a constantly changing world”.
She shares her enthusiasm for marine science in her Foundations of Science and Marine & Environmental Science I & II classes at CBGS. Sharing her expertise with students and providing them with their own field studies “provide[s] students with real world examples [that allow them to] become the owners of their own learning”. Even students interested in fields outside marine science will benefit from studying these disciplines.
Mrs. Smith also had the opportunity to represent CBGS as a 2013 Ocean Exploration Trust Science Communications Fellow. She was able to connect with students by providing live commentary and answering scientific questions about the exploration of 3 unknown shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico. Closer to home, Mrs. Smith enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two cats.