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Meghan MarreroPresident-elect 2017/2018

Dr. Meghan Marrero has been a lifelong ocean lover, growing up playing and investigating on the sandy and rocky shores of Long Island, New York. Since then, her oceanic adventures have included sailing from the Caribbean to New York as an undergraduate, and banding seabirds in the middle of the Pacific Ocean as an adult. She joined NMEA in 2005 (because she wanted to go to the conference in Hawaii), and has been an active member ever since,. Meg served as the NYSMEA (New York State Marine Education Association) Chapter Rep from 2008-2012, and has been on the NMEA Board of Directors since 2012. She has sat on the ExCom since 2014 and has been a part of the scholarship, education research, ocean literacy and Current committees.

Meg is a professor of secondary science education at Mercy College in New York, focusing on STEM teacher education. To that end, she is Principal Investigator of the NSF-sponsored Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative (MISTI) program, which prepares math and science teachers to teach in high-need schools. Meg also co-directs the Greater New York Wipro Science Education Fellowship, a professional development program for experienced science teachers with a focus on teacher leadership, and recently co-founded the Mercy College Center for STEM Education, which aims to improve STEM opportunities for underrepresented K-12 students. Meg teaches courses in science methods, assessment, and oceanography, along with the clinical practice seminar. Prior to her work at Mercy College, Meghan was a high school teacher in New York City, teaching marine science, biology, and environmental science, and then worked as a curriculum director at an education technology company.

 Meg has published many papers, book chapters, and web articles related to marine and STEM education, both for academic and practitioner audiences, and regularly presents her work at national and international conferences.  Drawing on her classroom and curriculum experience, she is the lead author of a high school marine science textbook, Marine Science: The Dynamic Ocean, published by Pearson. Meg is also currently co-editing the book Exemplary Practices in Marine Science Education, in collaboration with other NMEA and EMSEA leaders.

 Meg holds a B.S. in biology from Cornell University, an M.A. and doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in science education, and an advanced certificate in educational leadership from Queens College. Both her Master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation were in the field of marine education. She is honored to be considered for the office of NMEA President

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