Terri Kirby-Hathaway is a Professional Member of NMEA and a Marine Education Specialist with North Carolina Sea Grant.
Terri has been an active member of NMEA for 29 years and is currently Vice Chair of the By-Laws Committee and a member of the Awards Committee. She was Co-Chair of the NMEA 2003 National Conference held in North Carolina and as a Life Member of the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA), looks forward to welcoming everyone back to their region this year for the national conference in Annapolis!
We asked her four key questions about his experience with NMEA:
1. Why did you join NMEA?
I started in marine education as the education coordinator at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in June of 1985. Being the new kid on the block in the mid-Atlantic area, I was “volunteered” to drive on one of field trips for the NMEA national conference in 1985, which was held in Williamsburg, Va., and hosted by MAMEA. So, I joined the organization so I could participate in the conference and meet people.
2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?
Networking and meeting marine educators and scientists from around the country (and beyond), has been extremely valuable professionally (and personally, too – who am I kidding?). If I get questions I can’t answer or have ideas that I want to bounce off someone, I have a long list of people that I can contact for answers, advice, and assistance. NMEA has been instrumental in creating that network!
3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?
I am impressed that NMEA has been able to get ocean literacy into the education conversation nationwide and also influence the Next Generation Science Standards to include ocean science!
4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?
Supportive, valuable, incomparable.
Our Membership Drive is underway until June 8, so if you join now, you'll be eligible for raffle prizes from aquariums around the country and our grand prize, a GoPro camera! We'd love to have you join us! Find out more about membership in NMEA today >