Videos

Below are videos produced by the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Our most recent videos feature unique stories of how our teachers have found and nurtured their inner explorer. Other videos include a NOAA Teacher at Sea 30th Anniversary series, Alumni Impact Stories, and TAS Alumni Association workshops in different regions. 

Finding Your Inner Explorer

Finding Your Inner Explorer Series Teaser

This short teaser is prelude to a series of six videos that illustrate the many ways our Teacher at Sea alumni have redefined exploration and found the explorer within.

Finding Your Inner Explorer: Brandy Hill

After her Teacher at Sea experience in 2018, Alum Brandy Hill pursued a new passion—getting IN to the sea—and shares that journey with her students. She hopes this will serve as a catalyst for students to follow their own dreams.

Finding Your Inner Explorer: Carol Schnaiter

Teacher at Sea Carol Schnaiter (NOAA Ship Oregon II, 2014) not only gained her sea legs on her research cruise, but she also gained the confidence to run for public office!

Finding Your Inner Explorer: Andrea Schmuttermair

Teacher at Sea Alum Andrea Schmuttermair (NOAA Ship Oregon II, 2012 and NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, 2015) spent over a month solo backpacking the Colorado Trail, which led to a whole new world of exploration, discovery, and opportunity.  

Finding Your Inner Explorer: Methea Sapp

Teacher at Sea Alum Methea Sapp (NOAA Ship Delaware II, 2007) explores deep within the genetic make-up of her family and others, through volunteer work she was inspired to take on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finding Your Inner Explorer: Virginia Driskell

Teacher at Sea Alum Virginia Driskell (R/V Hugh R. Sharp, 2013 and NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson, 2016) left for her Teacher at Sea research cruise and discovered more than sand dollars, sea stars, and scallopsshe learned that exploring beyond the boundaries of one’s comfort zone is critical to personal growth. 

Finding Your Inner Explorer: Catherine Fuller

Teacher at Sea Catherine Fuller (R/V Sikuliaq, 2019) from Hawaii donned a parka and sailed to the Gulf of Alaska with the NOAA Teacher at Sea program. However, Catherine was no stranger to the high seas—as an experienced sailor, Catherine has also fulfilled a childhood dream of voyaging on a Polynesian canoe to explore several Pacific Islands, where she found deeper connections to her culture and to the ocean.

30 Years of New Frontiers

Why Send Teachers to Sea?

NOAA’s Teachers at Sea program is transformational. Beyond the 2-3-week teacher research experience, it becomes a sustained outreach effort, in support of NOAA’s mission, which impacts students.

Facing Your Fears

NOAA Teachers at Sea discuss fears and apprehensions about participating in the program and whether it’s worth it in the end.

The Journey is Just the Beginning

For those who participate in NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, the end of the program is just the beginning of a lifelong network of over 850 educators across the US; creating opportunities for collaboration and inspiration among program alumni.

NOAA Teacher at Sea: Making an Impact

Dr. Sian Proctor: Finding the Explorer Within

NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program brings Pre-K-12, college, and informal educators to work alongside scientists conducting NOAA research at sea. Dr. Sian Proctor sailed with the program in 2017 and shares her perspective on finding the explorer within.

Spencer Cody: Making an Impact

Teacher at Sea Spencer Cody and his students took a spring break road trip to the Mississippi Coast to see the ocean, and so much more.

Mary Cook: Making an Impact

Educators selected for NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program gain real-world research experience working at-sea with NOAA scientists. This is one story about how a teacher, Mary Cook, shared her experience with her students and made a significant impact.

Barney Peterson: Making an Impact

Educators selected for NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program gain real-world research experience working at-sea with NOAA scientists. Barney Peterson, shares the story of how her at-sea experience impacted her and others both personally and professionally.

Teacher at Sea Alumni Association Workshops

Tri-State Region Workshop, 2019

NOAA Teacher at Sea, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association hosted the Tri-State Region Alumni Gathering in Tuckerton, NJ in Spring 2019.

Northeast Region Workshop, 2018

NOAA Teacher at Sea, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association hosted the Northeast Region Alumni Gathering in Woods Hole, MA in Winter 2018.

Gulf of Mexico Region Workshop, 2017

NOAA Teacher at Sea, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association hosted Gulf of Mexico Region Alumni Workshop in Pascagoula, MS in Spring 2017.

Southeast Region Workshop, 2018

NOAA Teacher at Sea, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association hosted the Southeast Region Alumni Gathering in Charleston, SC in 2018.

Pacific Northwest Region Workshop, 2016

NOAA Teacher at Sea, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association hosted the Pacific Northwest Alumni Gathering in Seattle, WA in Fall 2016.

Pacific Southwest Region Workshop, 2017

NOAA Teacher at Sea, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and the Teacher at Sea Alumni Association hosted the Pacific Southwest Alumni Gathering in La Jolla, CA in 2017.