University of Southern California

Ocean Science Leadership Awards
Previous Winners


These teachers have been recognized for their leadership and exemplary service in marine science education.

 

2013

Formal Teaching Excellence Award

Joy D. Martin, St. Callistus Catholic School, Garden Grove, CA

Informal Teaching Excellence Award

Matt Schulz, Life Sail, Inc., Van Nuys, CA

Commitment to Education Award

Sara Bayles, The Daily Ocean, www.dailyocean.org

Early Career Award

David Anderson, Animo Venice High School, Venice, CA

 

2012

Commitment to Education Award

Debby West, Oak Park Unified School District in Oak Park, CA

Informal Teaching Excellence Award

David Meyer, Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach, CA

Formal Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Jay Vavra, High Tech High in San Diego, CA

Early Career Award

Katherine Levensailor, University High School in Irvine, CA

 

2011

Formal Teaching Excellence Award

Bernice Krieger, Monroe High School

Informal Teaching Excellence Award

Jeri Nolan, Ocean Discovery Institute

Commitment to Education Award

Nancy Carus, Marine Biologist and Founder of Get Inspired!

Early Career Award

Kaleesha Washington, Lou Dantzler Preparatory

 

2010

Formal Teaching Excellence Award

Elementary Teacher
Steve Seal, Eshelman Avenue Elementary

Middle School Teacher
Mia Kang, Lawrence Middle School

High School Teacher
Katharine M. Noonan, Oakland High School

Informal Teaching Excellence Award

Frances M. Kinney, Pro Peninsula Fund, The Ocean Foundation

Commitment to Education Award

Dr. George I. Matsumoto, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Early Career Award

Dr. David James, La Jolla High School

 

2009

Formal Teaching Award

Elementary Teacher
Susan Singh, Farmdale Elementary School

Middle School Teacher
Jill Grace, Palos Verdes

High School Teacher
Glen Baumbach, Lancaster High School

Informal Teaching Award

Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, Algalita Marine Research Foundation

Commitment to Education Award

Larry Nordell, Retired, Mount Miguel High School

 

2008

Formal Teaching Award

Elementary Teacher
Pat McLinn, Columbia Elementary, Lancaster

Middle School Teacher
Eric Harrington, St. Margarets Episcopal School, San Juan Capistrano

High School Teacher
Mark C. McKay, Venture Academy, Delta VISTA Charter, Tracy

Informal Teaching Award

Linda Chilton, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro

Early Career Award

Jason Bram, Palo Verde Community College, Blythe

Commitment to Education Award

Renee Klein, Animo Venice Charter High School, Inglewood

 

2007

Formal Teaching Award

Elementary Teacher
Dena Deck, Stephen Foster Elementary School, Bellflower

Middle School Teacher
Oscar Espinoza, Roosevelt Middle School, Compton

High School Teacher
Andrew Stephens, CALS Early College High School, Los Angeles

Informal Teaching Award

Catherine Halversen, UC Berkley, Lawrence Hall of Science

Commitment to Education Award

Dr. Stan Batten, R/V Seaworld UCLA

Early Career Award

Benjamin Kay, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica

 

2006

Informal Teaching Excellence Award

Lindsey Peavey: outreach and education coordinator for Pro Peninsula in San Diego

Formal Teaching Excellence Award

Jeff Manker: teacher at Gilroy High School

Early Career Excellence Award

Megan Donnelly: teacher at Tesoro High School

 

2005

Formal Teaching Award

Elementary Teacher
Laura Romo, Chavez Elementary, Long Beach

Middle School Teacher (Tie)
Scott Sperber, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, Reseda
Brigitte Steinmetz, John Adams Middle School, Santa Monica

High School Teacher
Robert Perry, Malibu High, Malibu

Early Career Award

Mark Friedman, Animo High, Inglewood

Informal Teaching: (Tie)

Maria Madrigal, SEA Lab, Redondo Beach
Amy Coppenger, Long Beach Aquarium

 

2004

Formal Teaching Award

Elementary Teacher
Maria Brunell, Riverside Elementary School
Anne Marie Wotkyns, Monlux Magnet Elementary School
Jennifer Trochez, Foshay Learning Center

Middle School Teacher
Rachel Espinoza, Hollenbeck Middle School
Scott Sperber, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies

High School Teacher
Steve Engelmann, Palisades High School
Ronald Ozuna, Roosevelt High School
Daniel McDonnell, Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies