In 2005, Kathy moved to Massachusetts and assumed the role of Executive Director at the National Marine Life Center, a marine animal hospital and science and education center. She supports the mission of the NMLC by managing day-to-day operations, developing and maintaining partnerships, actively participating on local nonprofit and commerce Boards, and by enhancing her own understanding of pedagogy best-practices through professional development.
Soon after moving to Massachusetts, Kathy met the Wade Institute for Science Education (then MITS, Inc.) Executive Director, Sandra Ryack-Bell, and Education Department member, Jane Heinze-Fry, at a Massachusetts Environmental Education Society conference. Since the mission of the newly-founded NMLC included public education about marine mammals, Kathy decided to both participate in Wade Institute professional development programs and to lead them as a collaborating partner. This strategic decision led to over ten years of successful Cape Cod Region Summer Professional Development Institutes and intermittent Focus Workshops, such as SeaPerch. In 2020, the NMLC is again collaborating with the Wade Institute to bring inquiry-based, hands-on, minds-on professional development to educators in and around Cape Cod!
Kathy is bringing her expertise in marine ecosystems to the Wade Institute’s 2020 Cape Cod Region Summer Professional Development Institute, as well as to the SeaPerch underwater robotics workshop in May. An avid learner, Kathy has been following out-of-the-box science trends, like biomimicry research that studies the adaptations of marine life. She plans to share her enthusiasm for hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based pedagogy by engaging 2020 Summer Professional Development Institute participants in a biomimicry engineering design challenge that she recently presented to scientists at the World Marine Mammal Conference! The Wade Institute would like to thank Kathy for her dedication to science learning — both as a learner and an educator.
The Wade Institute for Science Education specializes in providing inquiry-based, hands-on, minds-on, science, technology and engineering professional development for K-12 teachers and informal educators. For more information, visit www.wadeinstitutema.org or call 617-328-1515.