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Sarah RichardsSecretary (2016-2019)

Sarah Richards has taught science at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, NY since 1987.  During her tenure there, Sarah has taught General Science, Earth Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Oceanography, Marine Biology, and Meteorology. She has served as Chair and Associate Chair of the Science Department, and has also been the Testing Coordinator since 2012. Sarah is always looking for new and fun ways to engage students in science.  She started a two-week Summer Science Camp for middle schoolers at Saint Ann’s in 2002, and has coached a team for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl every year since 2000 (they were NY State Champions in 2014!).  Sarah believes in the importance of experiential learning, and has designed and led many field trips for her students.  From 1989-2001, she took her high school students on a week-long trip each spring to the Hofstra University Marine Lab in Jamaica, and since 2002, she’s been leading comparable trips to the Florida Everglades and Newfound Harbor Marine Institute on Big Pine Key.  Sarah was selected to participate in the Sea Experience for Teachers sponsored by the Sea Education Association in 1991, and the Down Under, Out Yonder program sponsored by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation in 2009.  She has completed all three Datastreme on-line classes (Atmosphere, Ocean, and Earth's Climate System) administered by the American Meteorological Society, and was selected to participate in Project Atmosphere in 2015 and The Maury Project in 2016.

Sarah received her B.A. from Oberlin College, and her M.S. in Science Education from Oregon State University.  She has been an active member of the NY State Marine Education Association since 1993, currently serving as NYSMEA’s Treasurer and Annual Conference Coordinator.  She was awarded NYSMEA’s Kinghan Service Award in 2004, the SCONYC (Science Council of New York City)’s Science Education Award in 2005, the Dowling College NSF Noyce Symposium Outstanding Teacher Award in 2012, and NMEA's Johnette Bosarge Award in 2014.  In 2006, Sarah served as co-chair of the annual National Marine Educators Association Conference, which was held in Brooklyn, and was elected to the NMEA Board of Directors in 2008.  She is currently the chair of the History Committee and is serving her second term as Recording Secretary.

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