Grace Simpkins joins Woods Hole Sea Grant Staff
Jan. 26, 2018 — The Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) program is pleased to announce the appointment of Grace Simpkins to the part-time position of Sea Grant Educator. Simpkins, who has an M.S. in Marine Biology from the Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks, assumed her post on Jan. 16, 2018.
“Grace has a passion and a unique skill set for marine science education at the K-12 level,” said WHSG Director Matt Charette, “and will therefore be a great resource for teachers and students alike in southeastern Massachusetts.”
Simpkins has an extensive background working with young students. She serves as director of the Cross Age Science Teaching program in the Falmouth, Mass., public schools, a unique program where eighth grade students are trained in inquiry-based teaching and apply those skills in third grade classrooms. She also works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, conducting outreach and education on protected species in Falmouth-area public schools. Through that work, Simpkins developed curriculum to educate grade school students about marine mammals, visiting classrooms and organizing outreach events.