Ann Haskell – Staff Member
Next Wave Youth Education Program
Growing up in the pine barrens and on the shores of eastern Long Island, I loved wild areas even in my childhood. Woods, fields, creeks, ponds, estuaries, ocean and Long Island Sound – all were a vibrant landscape for learning about plants and animals and their specific habitats. As I explored and fished with my family, I developed an intense curiosity about Long Island’s history and a concern for its future. It was the springboard to a unique approach to my professional career.
With a BA from Adelphi University and Master’s from SUNY Stony Brook, I taught English Language Arts for thirty-five years, focusing on outdoor education and other methods of learning critical thinking skills through exploration, hands-on activities and life experiences. My teaching team cooperated in field trips and yearly camping expeditions with our ninth grade students, and I produced interdisciplinary teaching resources based on leading instructional methodologies. My graduate work continued with a concentration in environmental courses as well as curriculum development. I have taught English language learners from more than 30 nations and travelled to Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Cuba. The wonder and joy of exploring makes each day a new beginning for learners and educators alike. I believe that marine conservation education paves the way for people with diverse gifts, from every part of society and all corners of the world, to share responsibility for our planet and to rediscover an intimate connection with the natural world.