NOAA Scientists Visit Jennifer Goldner’s Classroom and Mayor Declares May 9, 2012, as NOAA Day in Jay, OK

Dr. William B. Driggers and Kristin Hannan, research fisheries biologists with NOAA, visited NOAA Teacher at Sea Alumna, Jennifer Goldner and 150 fifth grade students at Jay Upper Elementary School in Jay, OK on May 9, 2012.

Jennifer Goldner first met Dr. Driggers and Ms. Hannan while she was on NOAA Ship Oregon II in August 2011 as a NOAA Teacher at Sea. Both scientists helped Ms. Goldner generate ideas to help her students learn more about ocean life. They helped her fill her journal with facts about sharks
along with lessons to implement in the classroom. After a year-long collaboration, Ms. Goldner, her fifth-grade students, Dr. Driggers and Ms. Hannan produced a scientifically accurate Shark Alphabet coloring book. While at Jay Upper Elementary, Dr. Driggers and Ms. Hannan shared information about sharks with the students and signed copies of their Shark Alphabet coloring books.

Jay, OK Mayor, Mark Wall proclaimed May 9, 2012, as “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Day” in Jay, Oklahoma. The proclamation states:

“Whereas, The City of Jay, on behalf of Jennifer Goldner recognizes the outstanding contribution made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the important role the agency plays while focusing on the condition of the oceans and atmosphere and,

Whereas, their efforts exemplify the best of service and dedication to our nation where the lives of every American are touched daily because the programs of NOAA and,

Whereas, their efforts have helped school children learn the importance of protecting and preserving our environment for future generations,  

Therefore I, Mark Wall Mayor of the City of Jay, Oklahoma hereby declares today, May 9th, 2012 “NOAA DAY.” 

Two women and a man stand in front of a sharks sign.
Left to right (Kristin Hannan, Jennifer Goldner, and Trey Driggers)