Kacey Shaffer, a biology and physical science teacher at Logan Elm High School in Circleville, Ohio will sail on Saturday, July 26th to assist scientists on a 19-day survey of walleye pollock populations in Alaska. Shaffer will participate in this cruise as part of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.
“Through my experience with NOAA, my students will not only be able to learn first-hand about exciting research projects at sea, they will be witnesses to them, and on some level, participants in them,” says Shaffer. “Making their learning relevant through my own hands-on experiences is vital to getting students excited about science.”
Shaffer will board NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson on July 26th in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. For
19 days, she will assist scientists daily as they conduct and on-going population survey of Alaskan walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma), the nation’s largest single-species fishery. Shaffer is writing a blog about her experience, accessible at: .Photos from her blog are free and available for use by media with proper credit.
"NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program gives teachers the professional opportunity of a lifetime with a chance to participate in cutting edge science, on the ocean, working side-by-side with world-renowned scientists,” says Jennifer Hammond, the program’s director. “Teachers describe this authentic research experience as transformative and one that allows them to bring new knowledge and excitement back to their classrooms.”
Now in its 24th year, the program has provided nearly 700 teachers the opportunity to gain first-hand experience participating in science at sea. This year, NOAA received applications from nearly 200 teachers, and chose 25 to participate in research cruises. The educators chosen are able to enrich their curricula with the depth of understanding they gain by living and working side-by-side with scientists studying the marine environment.
NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on, and our other .
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Dear Logan Elm Family,
Words cannot describe my level of excitement in returning to Logan Elm and the true privilege of leading Logan Elm High School. Once a Brave always a Brave, and even though I have been away from the Logan Elm family for 17 years I have always remained a Logan Elm Brave. After graduating from Logan Elm in 1997, I attended Muskingum College where I earned my BA in History and played football. When I graduated from Muskingum I immediately began working at Morgan High School in McConnelsville, Ohio. At Morgan I taught Social Studies and coached Football, Wrestling, and Baseball. Over my time at Morgan I was a Dean of Students, Athletic Director, and Assistant Principal while serving as the Head Football Coach. While working at Morgan I returned to Muskingum where I earned my MA in Education Leadership.
My wife, Emily, and I are thrilled to move our family to the Circleville area and raise our children in the Logan Elm community. We have two daughters, Addie who is 5 and Elleigh who is 3, and we are expecting a little boy in September.
My tenure at Logan Elm will officially begin July 1st, though I have returned for several days to conduct interviews and meet with staff. I hold extremely high expectations for our students regarding academic performance and overall citizenship responsibilities within our building and district. Education is a rapidly changing field with new expectations regarding PARCC assessments, completing OGT requirements for incoming sophomores, and continuing our work with Ohio’s New Learning Standards. Considering all of these changes within education it is crucial that we remain focussed on issues that we can control, both as students and staff.
I look forward to meeting you throughout the course of this upcoming school year and please watch our website for dates and events.