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CSS Teachers 2016

Tara Bennett Bristow
Microbial Life

Tara Bennett Bristow is an independent education consultant specializing in the Life Sciences. She has a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College and a M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. (6th year at CSS).


Catherine Bumpus
Nautical Science

Catherine is a lifelong sailor and has worked in the professional marine industry on vessels from schooners to tugboats. She has her B.A. in History and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  She currently lives in Woods Hole and owns her own sail and canvas repair business. (5th year at CSS)


Caitlin Church
Ecology of the Bikepath and Oceanography

Caitlyn is a Falmouth native and received her BA in Marine Science from University of San Diego in 2014.  Caitlin has worked as a summer park interpreter developing and delivering environmental education programs at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Currently, Caitlin is a substitute teacher in the Falmouth public schools and is working with Compost with Me, a local Cape Cod business dedicated to diverting food scraps and other compostable materials from the waste stream and creating healthy natural compost. (1st year at CSS)


Bonny Clark
Seashore Life B

Bonny graduated from the University of MA, Amherst in December 2014 with a BS in Geology.  For the last several summers, she has directed the sailing program for children ages 7-15 at Cataumet Club Camp in Cataumet, MA.  She is a Falmouth native and has spent lots of time on the Woods Hole beaches. (2nd year at CSS)


Daniel Cojanu

Daniel is a professional cinematographer and photographer. Originally from Romania, Daniel now resides in Woods Hole. He graduated from the University of Theater & Film “Il Caragiale” and also studied documentary filmmaking at the BBC School for Broadcast Journalism. His production company, UnderCurrent Productions, specializes in films with a scientific and environmental focus. (7th year at CSS)


Mercy Grinold
Comparative Habitats

Mercy is a native Cape-Codder and the daughter of Gene Phillips who was the CSS administrative director for many years.  She currently teaches 3rd grade at The Prosper Valley School in Vermont where the students are encouraged to develop a love for both the outdoors and science. She and her husband have spent many summers in Falmouth and are currently fixing up her family home there. (1st year at CSS)


Li Ling Hamady

Li Ling has always loved the ocean, and fish in particular. That passion led her to get her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program where she studied white shark ecology. She’s excited to get in the classroom, and out on the docks and on the water with her students. (2nd year at CSS)


Jennifer Johnson
Seashore Life

Jennifer graduated from Virginia Tech with a BSc in Biology in 2014.  She is currently working for NOAA /Northeast Fisheries Science Center surveying fish and marine mammal populations.  She is also a NOAA drone pilot! She has been involved in NOAA outreach programs and has enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the public and children of all ages. (1st year at CSS)


Jenny Junker
Biological Illustration

Jenny has a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. She works part-time at WCAI, the NPR station for the Cape & Islands. Jenny is an artist and the mother of two CSS students. (24th year at CSS)


Becky Lash
Wildlife Biologist

Becky began her journey with the school as a Seashore Life student. Becky received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. from Cornell University. In 1977, she taught her first Seashore Life class adding other courses over time. A lifelong educator, she spent many years as a third grade and science resource teacher. She has also served as an aquarist at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. (30th year at CSS)


Sarah McCormack
Marine Mammals
and Seashore Life

Sarah is a recent graduate of Cornell University with a BSc in Natural Resources with a Minor in Marine Biology. She is working with NOAA Fisheries and as a necropsy intern with the Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Team in Yarmouth.(1st year at CSS)


Simon Miner
Seashore Life AB, Embryology, Robotics & ROV

Simon is a freelance writer/photographer. He has an A.A. in Environmental Science from Cape Cod Community College and a B.S. in Biology from University of Massachusetts Amherst. (12th year teaching at CSS)


Scottie Mobley
Oceanography AB, Adv Oceanography

Scottie has been in science outreach education for 4 years. She is currently an Education Associate for the Hoxie Center teaching STEAM education in Bourne public elementary schools. With a B.S. in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, Scottie is excited to share her passion for the ocean with students. (2nd year at CSS)


Flannery Rogers
Woods, Ponds and Fields

Flannery received a BA in Anthropology from Smith College in 2008 and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2011. For the last few years, she has been working as an oyster farmer for Washburn Island Oysters in East Falmouth. (1st year at CSS)


Alicia (Lish) Roth
Geology, Animal Behavior A and B, Woods Ponds and Fields A

As a child, Alicia spent most of her summers on the Cape and fondly remembers many years at CSS.  After finishing a Masters in Education and living abroad to teach English, Alicia returned to CSS as a teacher from 2005-2009. Recently, Alicia completed a second Masters degree in Applied Linguistics.  She currently works as a Sheltered English Teacher for grades 6-8 at the Vassal Lane Upper School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (12th year at CSS)


Kate Schafer
Environmental Science AB, A and B

Kate teaches biology, environmental science, ecology and evolution at the Harker School in San Jose CA.  She was an undergraduate at Stanford.  Her Ph.D. dissertation at UC Berkeley was a study of populations of pygmy octopuses and stomatopod crustaceans in Belize.  She also taught marine science on a research vessel for the Marine Science Institute on San Francisco Bay.  In 2013, she was part of the GYRE expedition, studying marine debris along the remote Alaska coastline.  Kate credits a childhood class at CSS for sparking a lifelong interest in marine science.  (4th year at CSS)


Anna Stevens
Marine Biology AB, Advanced Marine Biology AB

Anna is an outdoor educator with experience working on oceans in the US and abroad. She currently teaches 8th grade at the Churchill School in Manhattan, a school for students with learning disabilities. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Marine Science from Trinity College. (8th year at CSS)


Shona Vitelli
Sustainable Agriculture AB, Terrestrial Ecology

Shona has a B. A. in Anthropology and Human Biology from Temple University and an M.A. in Secondary Education and an Ed.M in Science Education from Columbia University Teachers College. (9th year as CSS)