Caitlin Church

Caitlin Church is a Falmouth native who has been teaching at CSS since 2015. She received a B.A. in Marine and Environmental Science from the University of San Diego (2014) and a M.A. in Environmental Science with a Science Teacher Certification from Antioch University in Keene, NH (2019).  Currently, she is a 7th grade science teacher at the Lawrence School in Falmouth. In addition to teaching, Caitlin also has a background in outdoor education and science research. In her free time, she enjoys walking with her dogs, boating, being with family, and cooking. This summer Caitlin has the pleasure of teaching Ecology of The Bike Path and Marine Biology.


Jessica Donohue

Jess joined the CSS faculty in 2017 and is teaching Chemical Oceanography and Nautical Science this year. The rest of the year, Jess is a Research Associate at Sea Education Association where she studies ocean plastic pollution and has also sailed as crew aboard SEA’s sailing school vessels, teaching undergraduates in the lab and on deck. Jess earned a Bachelor’s in Environmental Geology from Binghamton University and an M.S. in Environmental Science from URI. She lives on Cape Cod year-round and enjoys kayaking, running, baking, and making art in her spare time.


Christopher Rimel

Christopher is a devoted conservation advocate whose passion lies in inspiring students to become guardians of coastal environments. He is pursuing a graduate degree in Education at Hunter College and teaches science at a Brooklyn high school. With a degree from the California College of Arts and as a former college professor at Pratt Institute, Christopher was inspired by CSS’s hands-on, inquiry-based approach to learning which encourages students to creatively engage with their environment. Growing up on the beautiful California coastline and spending over 23 years exploring the rich marine life of Cape Cod, he has immersed himself in the ways of freshwater ecosystems, biodiversity, and conservation efforts in this remarkable area.


Jennifer Junker

Jenny is an artist and naturalist who loves wildlife and often goes exploring on the Cape and Islands. She and her family enjoy traveling whenever they get a chance. Jennifer got her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and she finds inspiration in nature and science for her artwork. She went to Science School as a kid: her favorite class was Entomology. She now teaches it, as well as Botany and Biological Illustration. Jenny loves field work and takes her students to all the best places, to find the coolest things.


Nina Chung

Nina received her B.A. in Integrative Biology from Harvard University in 2023. She grew up in Northern Virginia and loves all things biodiversity, especially insects, amphibians, and reptiles. She is very excited to teach Experimental Ecology at CSS and explore Woods Hole this summer! Outside of science, she’s a big supporter of music and performing arts, and she has played trumpet and danced for many years. She has two cats and will show you many pictures of them if you ask!


Becky Lash

Becky received her degrees from Penn and Cornell. She brings an abundance of knowledge and expertise to the CSS community; first attending Seashore Life in 1963 as a student and then leading her favorite Entomology and Ornithology classes as a teacher starting in 1977. You might say that Becky is a CSS treasure! While she has taken a summer or two off here and there, most summers you will find Becky leading a group of students on some awesome experiential adventure to one of the local fields or aquariums. Becky’s favorite jobs are teaching in the Falmouth Public Schools, working as an aquarist at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, and landscaping/gardening. Currently, she is obsessed with being a part of the sea turtle rescue and rehab team at the New England Aquarium! (44th year teaching at CSS, 58th year at CSS)


Hope Allison

Hope is thrilled to be spending another summer in Woods Hole, and to be joining CSS’s faculty as the Photography teacher in Session A. Born and raised in Woods Hole, Hope earned a degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, and now resides in Brookline, MA. She works full-time as a professional photographer, and her love for the arts and the outdoors has been a lifelong passion. For as long as she can remember, she’s been obsessed with documenting moments and feelings, whatever the medium — she is an avid journal-keeper, a postcardist, and a lover of 35mm film. Hope first fell in love with photography while in the darkroom, and she is ecstatic about being able to share the magic of film with her students this summer.


Liza Fox

Liza is a passionate biologist and educator with a diverse background in research and teaching. After graduating from Smith College with a major in biology, she delved into the fascinating world of salt marshes during her graduate studies at Boston University. Her research focused on our local salt marshes and the environmental pressures affecting them. Additionally, she has conducted studies in animal behavior and has contributed to medical research. Drawing from her scientific knowledge, Liza transitioned into teaching, eagerly sharing her love for science with students. She looks forward to joining CSS staff this summer in inspiring the next generation of scientific minds in the classroom, the lab, and the field.


Emily Madish

Emily recently graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Marine Science and a B.A. in Biology. She fell in love with the ocean at a very young age and developed a passion for research in college. Her favorite ocean animals are Moray Eels and Viper Fish. She is planning on going to graduate school in the fall at the University College Cork in Ireland to study Marine Biology. Her work will focus on Cold-Water Corals and their biological processes. 


Louise Siskel

Louise is looking forward to her first year at CSS as an instructor for the Seashore Life course. Originally from Los Angeles, she now lives year-round in Pocasset, MA. When she is not bothering hermit crabs, she works as an RA at the MBL, studying an alternative to opiates for the treatment of chronic pain. Outside of the lab, she enjoys board games, reading, and starting projects she will never finish.


Hazel Levine

Hazel is a native Cape Codder who grew up spending her “younger” summers snorkeling and boating around Woods Hole with her family, and her “older” summers working at the MBL photolab, as an animal care technician at the Marine Resources Center, and as a research assistant at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Although she never attended CSS as a child, she knew from a very young age that she was destined to be a marine enthusiast. Armed with two degrees in Biology, she continues her pursuit of being on, in, or near the ocean at all times. When not traveling, skiing, snorkeling, or trying to surf, she returns to CSS to teach and spend time with her family. She is also the proud mother of a Science School kid. This summer will mark Hazel’s 8th year teaching at CSS.


Simon Miner

Simon is teaching ROV in session A this year. This is his 17th season at Children’s School of Science. He joined the CSS faculty in 2005, when he was a researcher at the Marine Biological Laboratory. Since his time at MBL, Simon has worked as a freelance UAV pilot, for both the film and the scientific community. In recent years, he has helped develop science and nature education programming for other budding organizations. When he has free time, Simon can be found indulging in his favorite activities of adventuring by boat or motorcycle, immersing himself in nature on foot or with fins, and traveling with his partner and their 5 yr old son. Above all, he cherishes the time he spends outdoors with his family.


Olivia Rauss

Olivia is in her fourth year on the faculty in the Bourne Public Schools, Bourne, MA, and is currently teaching 6th grade Science. In her leisure time, she loves spending time with her young son and her Boxer dogs, playing the cello as well as a variety of different sports, cooking, and playing board and card games. She grew up in Falmouth and has many fond memories of attending the Children’s School of Science and hopes to create the same wonderful experiences for her students this year.


Corey Simonson

Corey has always been a lover of nature and spent the summers of his youth on the coast of Maine learning to sail and appreciate the sea. At Amherst College he discovered Geology and fell in love with the idea of studying the Earth and doing field work. He immediately pursued a masters in Geology at the University of Vermont and studied the structure of the middle and lower crust in southern New Zealand. After considering a career in academia, he opted instead for a life in K-12 schools. He has taught science in Switzerland, Maryland and Massachusetts and in his current role he is the Assistant Director of Admission at Milton Academy in Milton, MA. His wife, Emily Armstrong, is a CSS lifer, former assistant and teacher. Corey taught his first CSS class in 2005 and has taught many in the years since. This summer he will teach Ichthyology in both sessions and Geology in session B. When he is not teaching he can be found sailing and fishing in the local sounds and holes.


Zoë Smith

Zoë is a high school English teacher in New Jersey. She studied English and Creative Writing at Fairfield University and received her Masters in Secondary Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She is passionate about working with children and loves to explore local beaches. Zoë is a CSS Lifer and former Teaching Assistant. She grew up spending her summers in Woods Hole and is beyond excited to return to CSS for her third year teaching Seashore Life.


Joseph Rotondo

Joseph is a May 2023 graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he double-majored in meteorology and mathematics. Joseph grew up on the cape in Sandwich, Massachusetts and attended Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School where he learned about Woods Hole and its connections to CSS. At CSS, Joseph will be teaching courses in meteorology and climate change and biodiversity. Joseph will begin his graduate studies in the atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle this coming fall. In his free time, Joseph enjoys baking, traveling, playing saxophone, and hiking. He is very excited to work with CSS students this summer!


Kristina Woods

Kristina was raised in Falmouth and attended Boston University to study Biology and Marine Science.  She lives in Waquoit with her three children, husband, and two cats.  She is an avid sailor in addition to a lover of the ocean and science.  For the past 17 years, Kristina has been teaching science at the Lawrence Junior High School in Falmouth.    This will be her second year teaching at the CSS in the morning and coaching sailing in the afternoons in Waquoit!  She looks forward to another great summer!


Bridget Beaudoin

Bridget is a Falmouth local and recent graduate of UMASS Amherst, where she received a B.S in Environmental Science with minors in Resource Economics and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She previously taught at WBNERR Summer Science School, and is excited to return home to teach Art, Science, and Nature at CSS this summer. Her love of the outdoors was fostered by the curiosity that radiates from the scientific community in Woods Hole, as well as frequent exploration of the abundant coastal ecology on the Cape. In her free time, Bridget enjoys crafting, cooking and hiking.


Jessica Rencher

Jessica joins the CSS team from the Rocky Mountains where she is currently a Human Resources and Education doctoral candidate at Colorado State University and instructs teaching candidates with a focus on K-3rd grade literacy, science and math.  Jessica was previously a first-grade teacher in Fort Collins, CO, a zip-line guide in the coastal Redwoods in Santa Cruz, CA, and a student advisor at The American School in Lugano, Switzerland. Of all these adventures, teaching science in Woods Hole remains her all-time favorite. CSS gave Jessica her first official teaching job in 2010; the rest is history. Jessica graduated from California Polytechnic with a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in teaching and earned an M.Ed. from CSU. Jessica enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the violin, traveling, reading, skiing, and hiking with her Siberian Husky.


Susan West

Susan is excited to work with CSS this summer.  She grew up in Western NY surrounded by fields and forests and attended Cornell University where she studied Biology and stayed on to get her degree in Science Education.  One of the most exciting adventures she had during that time was spending three weeks at Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island studying Marine Biology.  After college she moved to Rhode Island where she taught outdoor education for a year at Nature’s Classroom on Point Judith Pond.  From there Ishemoved to Cape Cod where she has been raising her three sons and teaching high school biology and engineering for the past 30 years.  She enjoys being outdoors by the water as well as gardening, biking, shellfishing, beekeeping and  walking her two Corgis Lily and Luka.