NOAA Teacher at Sea
Aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson
July 1-22, 2018
Mission: Walleye Pollock Acoustic Trawl Survey
Geographic Area of Cruise: Eastern Bering Sea
Date: July 19, 2018
I must begin by trying to convey how honored and excited I am to be a part of NOAA’s Teacher At Sea program. I will be sailing aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson with another teacher, Lee Teevan. What an adventure! More importantly, it’s an opportunity to gain knowledge about the management of the Bering Sea Fishery, the commercial fishing industry and how these forces impact both the ocean ecosystem and our lives. It is an opportunity to educate my students and community about these factors and the career opportunities that support them. It also demonstrates the fact that, life long learning opportunities come in many forms.
For the last five years I have been teaching at Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois. I look forward to bringing lessons into the classroom that can spark an interest in an unfamiliar aspect of scientific research and its real-life implications. Through these lessons, I also hope to expand student awareness of the related realm of job opportunities associated with this work.
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a concentration in Fishery Science. I earned my Teacher Certification in Biology and the Sciences. Following graduation, I chose a career in teaching. Through my education at the University of Wisconsin – Superior, I became interested in the Foreign Fishery Observer Program. I was a Foreign Fishery Observer on Japanese fishing ships that fished primarily for Arrowtooth Flounder in the Bering Sea. This involved sampling the catches, and determining how much of each species of fish were caught to guard against exceeding their assigned quota. I spent a month and a half aboard 3 different ships. The opportunity to work on NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson will allow me to learn about the Fisheries Management aspect of the Bering Sea.
I returned to school to earn my Special Education Teaching Certification and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. As a teacher, I continued going to school and learning about many topics that supported my work. In order to increase my knowledge about Fishery Science, I took a class in which I created a teacher’s manual (An Aquatic Organisms Educational Module for the Therkildsen Field Station at the Emiquon Wetland Area on the Illinois River). This manual allows teachers to bring students to the field station, collect plankton samples and use the labs to study the results of their sampling. Students learn about the many aspects of the wetland ecosystem and even calculate estimates of the planktonic biomass of the wetland. How fun is that!
I hope with my introduction, I peak your interest in this aspect of our world. I invite you to be a part of my experience in order to continue your life long learning journey as I continue mine.
6 Replies to “Joan Shea-Rogers: Teacher at Sea becomes Student at Sea, June 19, 2018”
Joan you are going to have a great time on “The Dyson”! I am just finishing up my time here as the TAS. You are going to learn so much and really enjoy your time on the ship. I’m sad I won’t get to meet you during the transition, but I wish you the best of luck and happy sailing!
Thanks so much for the well wishes! It is such a great experience and I am enjoying each moment!
Hi Joan! So happy that you are a part of this wonderful learning experience! I was so impressed with your past experiences in your personal log! I never knew about your fishery science background! Take care, take pics, and enjoy!
Thanks Natalie. I hope to do some lessons at Matheny-Withrow about this experience. I am learning so much it will be fun to share.
I understand why you were selected. You are so well qualified! I look forward to following your blog.
Thanks so much Jennifer..It is proving to be such a great adventure!