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Tutor profile: Maria J.

Maria J.
Educator, Scientist, Writer + Artist


About Maria

About Maria
My background is very diverse and interdisciplinary, ranging from conservation biology, environmental and social sciences, visual arts, writing, and education. I've worked as an educator for many age groups including preschool, elementary, high school, and college students. I'm passionate about compassionately meeting students where they are and finding exciting ways to reach the student's goals. I've taught students with many different learning styles, needs, and abilities; accessibility and inclusive methods are important to me. I received...

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience
My teaching background is diverse and has focused on many age groups over the years. Most recently, I taught for Inspiring Girls Expeditions, a high school program for girls focused entirely on science, art, and social justice. My role was both co-developing curriculum as well as facilitating lectures and activities to a group of ten students with very different backgrounds and abilities. I briefly taught at an outdoor preschool for children ages 3-6, focused on social-emotional development and sense of place. In 2017, I worked for the...
Oregon State University
Marine and Coastal Science (Oceans and the Earth System)
Master's Degree
2018 - 2020
Prescott College
Environmental Studies
Bachelor's Degree
2009 - 2013

Work Experience

Work Experience
Inspiring Girls Expeditions, Instructor
2021 - 2021
Facilitated a virtual summer program with 16 + 17-year-old girls to teach themes of art, science, sense of place, and social justice while fostering self-confidence, curiosity, and stewardship.
Fern and Feather Forest School, Facilitator
2020 - 2021
Worked with preschool-aged children to foster connection and social-emotional development in an outdoor environment.
Oregon State University, Graduate Research Assistant
2018 - 2020
Interdisciplinary social science research exploring the connection between demographic change, opportunities and challenges, and community resilience in Oregon's coastal seafood processing industry.
Saguaro National Park, Next-Generation Interpretation Ranger
2017 - 2018
Duties included engaging with visitors from around the world, giving formal and informal educational talks to groups, and leading interpretive hikes with 4th graders from economically disadvantaged schools.
Prescott College, Adjunct Instructor
2015 - 2016
Co-taught a series of field courses; duties included development of class material, lecturing, leading discussions, supervising student research, grading assignments, providing feedback, & logistical planning. Classes taught: Marine Conservation I, II, & III: Global Marine Issues; Gulf of California Conservation Case Studies; Applied Conservation Practicum.
Prescott College Kino Bay Center, Field Researcher on the Impacts of Shrimp Trawler Bycatch
2013 - 2016
Facilitated a longitudinal study on shrimp trawler bycatch; conducted qualitative and quantitative research and data entry; created diffusion materials, gave presentations, trained and led groups of co-observers onboard.
Prescott College, Research and Conservation Fellow in Communications + Fisheries
2013 - 2015
Communications work through social media, website, and photography; created diffusion material; painted murals; designed t-shirts; mentored students and an intern; co-wrote and co-produced final & annual reports; interacted with donors, funders, volunteers, and visitors; carried out shrimp trawler bycatch research; assisted in various research projects & outreach.
Prescott College, Field Assistant for Marine Studies Semester Field Course
2013 - 2013
Assisted in the development of course material, logistical planning, supervision and support of student groups in the field.


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