Monday, October 27, 2008
Educator Wins Award
The Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA), representing marine science in the classroom, at research institutions, aquariums, museums and governmental agencies from North Carolina to Delaware, has honored Ruth Schneider Gourley, education specialist at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher with its 2008 Informal Marine Educator Award.
Gourley interacts with the thousands of aquarium visitors as well as mentors and guides volunteers, interns, new educators and teachers. Her engaging presentations show her infectious enthusiasm for marine life.
Gourley began her marine education career at the University of Georgia and followed by serving at the Ripley Aquarium of the Smokies for two years. The North Carolina coast drew her to Fort Fisher. She has been the North Carolina representative for MAMEA for three years during which she promoted mini-conferences and facilitated workshops to aid North Carolina teachers.
The award was presented to Gourley at the MAMEA annual conference in Virginia Beach and was given in recognition of the superior educational experiences she has created for everyone from little children through seasoned educators at Fort Fisher.
Photo: Outgoing MAMEA President David Christopher (l) and incoming President Carol Hopper Brill (r) present Ruth Schneider Gourley (center) with her award at the annual conference.