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Faculty

CSS Teachers 2018 

 

Tara Bennett Bristow, Microbial Life (B)

Tara 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. (7th year at CSS).

 

Andrea Bogomolni, Experiments in Woods Hole (A), Seashore Life (A)

Andrea has taught extensively at CSS and is returning after a multi-year absence.  She has a B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology from University of California, Davis, a M.A, from Boston University’s Marine Program and a Ph.D.  from University of Connecticut, Storrs, in Pathobiology and Veterinary Science. Her research centered around harp, harbor and grey seals of Cape Cod. She is currently a postdoctoral Fellow at WHOI and is very pleased to be returning to CSS. (12th year at CSS).

 

Catherine Bumpus, Nautical Science (A)

Catherine is a lifelong sailor and has worked in the marine industry on vessels from schooners to tugboats. She has a B.A. in History and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  She lives in Woods Hole and owns her own sail and canvas repair business. Catherine is also the mother of two former CSS Course Assistants. (7th year at CSS).

 

Caitlin Church, Ecology of the Bike Path (A) and (B), Chemical Oceanography (A), Marine Biology (B)

Caitlin is a Falmouth native and received her B.A. in Marine Science from University of San Diego in 2014. Since returning from the west coast, Caitlin has been a substitute teacher in the Falmouth public school system. She is also pursuing her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a science teacher certification for grades 7-12, at Antioch University New England, in Keene NH.  After graduating, Caitlin hopes to teach high school science (3rd year at CSS).

 

Uriah Crane, Botany (A)

Uriah is a native plant enthusiast and avid field forager with 20 years of identification experience. He performs work as a tree steward in Brooklyn, NY and is involved in grassroots urban ecology efforts with Gowanus Canal Conservancy. Teaching others to identify, catalog, and collect plants has always been deeply rewarding for him. (1st year at CSS).

 

Jessica Donohue, Ichthyology (A)                                                                                                               

Jessica received her B.S. in Geology from Binghamton University and her M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2013. She worked at SEA for the three years conducting research on marine plastic debris, both from sailing research vessels and in the laboratory and currently is an instructor in their high school program.  She also occasionally sails as an assistant scientist with SEA. She previously worked in education outreach with the RITES Project; organizing and developing science professional development opportunities for teachers and field trips for students.  (2nd year at CSS).

 

Kate Geyer, Comparative Habitats (A), Environmental Science (B)

Kate earned her M.Ed. from The Lynch School of Education at Boston College and her B.A. from St. Lawrence University. A former CSS Assistant and Lifer, she currently teaches 6th grade at the Churchill School in New York City. (7th year at CSS).

 

Mercy Grinold, Comparative Habitats (B)

Mercy is a native of Cape Cod and the daughter of Gene Phillips who was the CSS administrative director for many years.  She 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 continue to enjoy spending their summers in Falmouth. (3rd year at CSS).

 

Molly Hester, Seashore Life (B)

Molly graduated from Stonehill College in 2016 with a double major in Elementary Education and American Studies. Since graduating, she has been working as an elementary school long term substitute teacher.  Most recently she has been teaching 3rd and 4th grades in the Walter J Patton Elementary School in Shrewsbury MA.  Molly grew up spending summers in North Falmouth and has fond memories of beach combing, sailing, and visiting the Woods Hole aquarium. (1st year at CSS).

 

Staci Jasin, Woods Ponds and Fields (B)

Staci received a B.A. in Geology and Environmental Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and a M.S. in Landscape Design from Columbia University in 2008. Staci was involved for many years with the Janus School in Lancaster PA as a classroom educator, Director of Admissions and Director of Academics. During that time, she spent two summers doing research at WHOI. Staci has also taught adult education classes in garden design and is a certified yoga instructor.  Staci recently relocated her family and landscape design business to the Falmouth area and is excited to join the CSS faculty. (1st year at CSS).

 

Jenny Junker, Entomology (A), Biological Illustration (B)

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 long time Woods Hole resident, an artist, ardent gardener and naturalist, and the mother of two CSS students. (26th year at CSS).

 

Simon Miner, Seashore Life (AB), Robotics & ROV (A), Embryology (B)

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. (14th year at CSS).

 

Scottie Mobley, Marine Biology (A)

Scottie has been involved in science outreach education for 7 years. She is in her 4th year of teaching Life Science, Algebra, and Engineering at Falmouth Academy. She also serves as the Administrator for the Woods Hole Science and Technology Education Partnership. With a B.S. in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, Scottie is excited to share her passion for the ocean with students. (4th year at CSS).

 

Kirsten Peramba, Seashore Life (B)

Kirsten graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2016 with a degree in Biology.  She is a Falmouth native and is currently living in Woods Hole where she is a Research Assistant at the MBL.  Her research explores brain function and evolution in cephalopods, particularly octopuses, using genetic tools and imaging via confocal microscopy.  A fun fact about Kirsten- she used to be part of a synchronized figure skating team! (2nd year at CSS).

 

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

As a child, Lish spent her summers on the Cape and fondly remembers many years at CSS.  After finishing a M.A. in Education, and living abroad to teach English, Lish returned to CSS as a teacher from 2005-2009. She took a hiatus from CSS while she completed a second M.A. in Applied Linguistics. Lish now lives on Cape Cod year-round and teaches Sheltered English/ESL to 6th and 7th grade students at Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis. (14th year at CSS).

 

Kate Schafer, Invertebrates (A) and (B)

Kate teaches biology, environmental science, ecology, and evolution at the Harker School in San Jose, CA.  Kate was an undergraduate at Stanford and a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley where she studied 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. (6th year at CSS).

 

Corey Simonson, Ichthyology (B) and Geology (B)

Corey received degrees in Geology from Amherst College and the University of Vermont before embarking on a teaching career. At Milton Academy in Milton, MA, Corey taught earth science to sixth grade students for 11 years before transitioning recently to his current role as Assistant Director of K-8 Admission. Corey lives in Milton with his wife Emily Armstrong (CSS lifer) and children Max and Finley. Corey returned to CSS last year after a 6-year absence. (10th year at CSS).

 

Sophia Spector, Sea Shore Life (A)

Sophia is a CSS Lifer, and was both the Runner and a Course Assistant.  She is very excited to be returning to the school to teach SSL.  Sophia graduated from Mt Holyoke College in 2015 and then earned a M.A. in teaching from Hunter College. Since then, she has been teaching 1st and 3rd grades in the New York City Public School system. (1st year at CSS).

 

Anna Stevens, Marine Biology (AB), Advanced Marine Biology (A+, 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. (10th year at CSS).

 

Shona Vitelli, Physical Oceanography (B) Advanced Oceanography (B)

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. She is currently an adjunct professor of Ocean Science at Boston College and working for Falmouth VIPS leading their mentoring program. Shona is a founding board member of Farming Falmouth, a newly formed local non-profit focused on making Falmouth a vital farming community. She lives in Falmouth year-round with her wife and two beautiful boys. (11th year at CSS).

 

Megan Zottoli, Black & White Film Photography (A+and AB), Introduction to B&W Photography (A)

Megan graduated from Hampshire College in 2006 with a degree in art—which included photography. Growing up, she spent her summers in Woods Hole and was a swimming instructor on Stony Beach for many years.  Megan has worked at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod teaching woodworking, printmaking, knitting, sewing, and first grade. She is currently working at the Jonsson Center of National Academy of Sciences. (2nd year at CSS)