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New Hanover County Schools’ Educator Sandra Cecelski Among Oceanography’s Select Few

New Hanover County Schools is proud to join with the North Carolina Coastal Federation (NCCF) to recognize Sandra Cecelski, a Marine Science Academy instructor and coordinator at Ashley High School. On Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina, Mrs. Cecelski received this year’s “Pelican Award” for her exceptional dedication to and leadership in coastal environmental education. Her part in launching “Students Restoring Community Creeks,” a NHCS storm water education program, launched Mrs. Cecelski into the spotlight. The goal of this collaborative program is to engage 9th grade Earth/Environmental Science students in service learning projects that focus on the health of their community waterways. As recognized this year by the NCCF, this “Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year” is also a lifelong learner ready to meet the challenges of preparing the next generation of ocean scientists. Mrs. Cecelski was recently selected as one of only 24 educators from across the nation and Canada, and from the U.S. Department of Defense schools throughout the world, to be a part of the prestigious Maury Project. The Maury Project, started by the American Meteorological Society, and in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Academy, has been striving to enhance oceanography teacher effectiveness for the past two decades.  The most recent training session, attended by Mrs. Cecelski, focused on such topics as remote sensing, climate change, sea-level rise, as well as an in-depth study on ocean waves, tides, and ocean circulation. Rear Admiral Brian Brown, commander of Naval Meteorology and Oceanography, was among those who addressed the distinguished group of educators.  The training, held in Annapolis, Maryland, included research excursions on a U.S. Naval Academy vessel and field trips to the Global Climate Data Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center. For historical information on the Maury Project, please visit the program’s website at Educators interested in becoming a Maury Project teacher should contact Sandra Cecelski directly at Ashley High School, (910) 790-2360 extension 419, for information on local training sessions. Current NHCS teachers can log into Schoollink for training dates once the 2013-14 school year begins.  Modules are free and all materials needed to complete the sessions will be provided. Mrs. Cecelski will also be teaching a Maury Project course at the University of North Carolina Wilmington through the Watson School of Education.
All training programs and courses taught by Mrs. Cecelski meet Earth/Environmental Science North Carolina Essential Standards for both high school Earth Science and middle school sciences.