Aquarium Educator Garners Regional HonorOct 28, 2010
(Virginia Beach, VA) – Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center School Program Specialist Elizabeth Miller was recently honored with the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA) 2010 Non-Traditional Educator Award. The MAMEA represents marine science in the classroom, at research institutions, aquariums, museums and governmental agencies from North Carolina to Delaware. The presentation was announced at the group’s annual conference October 2 in Wilmington, NC. With this award, MAMEA acknowledges Miller’s commitment to marine science and education.
Miller holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education and a teaching certification from Elizabethtown College (PA) and Old Dominion University, respectively. Her education coupled with her previous experience as a classroom teacher maximizes the students’ experience while visiting the Virginia Aquarium. Miller’s accomplishments include her work with “Oceans of Opportunity”, a program designed to bring hands-on marine education to residents of a local Juvenile Detention Center. “We have been amazed at how these teens, mostly boys, have responded to hands-on science and to Elizabeth's enthusiastic personality,” said Virginia Aquarium Director of Education Chris Witherspoon. “Her combination of experience in both the classroom and at the Aquarium allows her to relate to teachers and develop programs that go beyond what is normally offered in the classroom.”
In addition to her work at the Aquarium, Ms. Miller is very active in the MAMEA organization. She has given presentations at both the regional and national levels. She helped to organize the 2009 and 2010 Virginia Mini-Conferences and she volunteered to assist at the recent 2010 MAMEA annual conference.
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