Dr. Meghan Marrero is on the NMEA Board of Directors, chairs the Current Committee and is Associate Professor of Secondary Science Education at Mercy College in New York.
We asked her four key questions about her experience with NMEA:
1.Why did you join NMEA?
I initially joined because I wanted to go to the conference in Hawaii in 2005. I haven't missed a conference since then, but NMEA has become so much more to me.
2. How has NMEA helped you achieve your professional goals?
NMEA has helped me professionally in a lot of ways, but it was probably most evident when I was working on my dissertation. My topic was related to ocean literacy, and talking with diverse NMEA members was critical to finishing it. I got suggestions on literature to search and people to talk to, critical feedback on initial findings, and even the opportunity to present and publish some of my work.
3. What are you most proud of NMEA for accomplishing/influencing?
The whole ocean literacy movement has made great strides in about ten years. We have gotten the word out and influenced curriculum, professional development, standards, programming, evaluation, and more.
4. If you had to describe NMEA in three words, what would they be?
Fun, community, inspiring.