Meet our 2016 Rockers and Instructors!


Jill Weaver is a 15 year veteran teacher at Valley View Junior High School in Farmersville, Ohio. She teaches grade 8 earth, life and physical science. She is a Dayton Regional STEM center teacher leader and is fervent about creating STEM learning experiences for students that also highlight career connections. She seeks out professional development that fuels my passion for teaching and learning.


Blair Mishleau is in his fifth year of teaching, and his third year at KIPP DC Heights Academy, where he teaches technology. He is passionate about logistics, technology and strong teaching.


Kerri Allen is the Education Manager at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a non-profit sea turtle hospital in Juno Beach, Florida, whose mission is to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Here, Kerri works to develop curriculum, train educators in cutting edge science research, and educate the community on the importance of marine conservation. While not working, she can be found kayaking, paddle boarding, diving, hiking, and fossil hunting with her dog, Skipper.

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George Hademenos is currently in his 15th year of teaching physics at Richardson High School in Richardson, TX (a suburb north of Dallas). I live with my wife Kelly who recently retired as a classroom teacher. We have a daughter, Alexandra, who is a 1 grade teacher, and two fur babies: Atticus and Jane. As a teacher, I am always on the lookout for innovative approaches and creative resources to help bring STEM alive for students in my classes as well as assisting teachers in my district. I am beyond excited to be allowed this opportunity to participate in the 2016 School of Rock and the ideas for projects, lab activities and lessons that will arise from this experience.


David C. Wehunt, Marine Science teacher, Soddy Daisy High School near Chattanooga, Tennessee has been a classroom teacher for 27. He was one of two Educators on a research vessel for the month of March in the North Atlantic and he is a Fund for Teacher Fellow who spent 8 days in the Galapagos.


Elisabeth Prat teaches biology and géology in Quimper (France), since more than 30 years. She has always loved to make her students discover how science works and this passion hasn’t faded with time. Many of her pupils are afraid by science and don’t think of it as a possibility for a future job. They often only see the difficulties they could meet, and not the pleasure they could have and the passion they could live by choosing a job in these fields. Nonetheless, she is convinced that our world need scientists… And she considers it a part of her job to make them discover that, if possible. Especially


Chanelle Nadoo is an Aquarium teacher in Cape Town with a passion for people and the environment.

Linda Chilton

Linda Chilton manages education programs for the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program and works with both formal education and informal centers as well as stakeholders in Southern California and beyond. She coordinates efforts with community based science. Her programs integrate ocean sciences and she looks forward to bringing knowledge and experiences to share with partners and students as we address ocean and climate science.


Ryan Cilsick is from Rockledge, Florida. He teaches at Edgewood JRSR on Merritt Island and has been there for 13 years. He holds a degree in biological oceanography. Before moving to Florida, he worked/taught in Hawaii, Jamaica, Andros Island in the Bahamas and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


Britnee Reid has been teaching middle school in Gaston County Schools for three years, since graduating from Appalachian State University (Go Mountaineers!) She married her best friend this past October and they are co-owners of Riddle Farm NC- reestablishing what was once started in the early 1900’s. They have 105 chickens, an orchard, vegetable gardens, dogs turned family and a bearded dragon, with plans to add bee hives, goats and pigs to the farm next year. She is currently working on her Environmental Education Certification in NC and can’t wait for this wonderful opportunity!

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Stacy Terlep lives in Crystal Lake, IL. In May 2015 she graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Northern Illinois University, earning a degree in Geology and receiving her teaching certification. She recently completed her first year of teaching at Antioch Community High School, teaching Earth Science and Physics.


Natalie Macke has been a secondary science teacher for more than 15 years in New Jersey. Currently, she teaches Chemistry at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, NJ. In addition to her face to face students, she teaches a course she developed entitled, Climate Change, which is delivered online through the Virtual High School (  A NOAA Teacher at Sea Alumni (2010), her interest in Climate Change education prompted her to join the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project (2012) in which she stays actively involved. She is Co-Director of the New Jersey Chemistry Olympics competition for high school students at New Jersey Institute of Technology (  In 2015 she was the recipient of the Princeton Distinguished Secondary Teaching


Alessia Cicconi is a graduate of the University Polytechnic of Marche (Italy) in marine biology. She has a Masters in nature conservation and management from the University of Camerino (Italy). Since 2000, Alessia has been a high school science teacher (Liceo Scientifico Marinelli di Udine) but now she is a geology Ph.D. student at the University of Camerino with a focus in teaching Earth sciences. Her research is based on the cryosphere, its links with science curriculum, and its dissemination to students. In 2015, she was selected, as a teacher, to participate in the XXX Italian Antarctica Expedition with the aim of disseminating Italian Antarctic research in Italian schools.


Lisa Tossey is the social media community manager and editor for the National Marine Educators Association and am currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware, studying educational technology with a focus on marine science. I also support Delaware Sea Grant as part of my graduate assistantship, assisting with their informal education efforts and overseeing their social media presence online. I currently live in Berlin, Md., and spend my free time traveling, hiking, beachcombing, kayaking, and riding with my husband, two quirky rescue dogs, and one very large horse.


As Curriculum Specialist, Lyndsey Manzo coordinates grades 6-12 curriculum integration and multiple district STEM programs, coaches teachers as they work to improve instructional strategies, works with community liaisons on special science initiatives for the district, mentors novice teachers, and serves on assessment committees for the Ohio Department of Education. As an Ohio Sea Grant Education Specialist, she facilitates many of the efforts related to Great Lakes literacy and represents Ohio Sea Grant in various regional capacities (such as GLRI-funded Center for Great Lakes Literacy) and nationally in the Sea Grant Education Network and on NOAA’s Evaluation Working Group. In both capacities, she develops curriculum, facilitates teacher professional development, and is involved in program evaluation on a variety of levels.


Kirshia Govender is an aquarium teacher from the Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town. She studied at the University of Cape Town, obtained my Bsc degree in Marine Biology, Oceanography, Post Graduate Certificate and Honours in Education. She is passionate about Marine life, interested in the field of Environmental Communications and loves to teach. Oceanography is her main subject area for Grade 11 students.



Larry Krissek

I am a professor in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University (“The OSU”), where I’ve worked since finishing my Ph.D. in Marine Geology/Oceanography at Oregon State University (the “other” OSU) sometime in the Late Pleistocene.  My primary scientific research interest is the evolution of climates and ocean environments during the past 65 million years, especially as recorded on continental margins and at high latitudes.  My first scientific ocean drilling cruise was DSDP Leg 86, and I’ve subsequently sailed on 5 ODP cruises and 3 IODP expeditions.  I’ve also conducted 9 field seasons of research in Antarctica, including 5 seasons with scientific drilling projects that used floating ice as the platform for the drilling rigs.

I also have a strong interest in earth science education.  Over the past 5 years, I was fortunate to work with a dedicated group of colleagues — with support from NSF and Ocean Leadership — to develop a series of inquiry activities that explore earth’s climate history and are based on authentic core data.  This collection of activities was published by Wiley-Blackwell.  I also work closely with a colleague in OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology on earth/space science education topics.  Our work has included co-teaching a science methods course and offering professional development workshops, as well
as conducting research on misconceptions and conceptual change.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, aerobic exercise (mostly biking and swimming, these days), ice cream, and cookies.  I look forward to the School of Rock 2016, and working with a great group of people.


Sandy Kirtland Turner is a professor at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on reconstructing and modeling the biogeochemistry and dynamics of the oceans during the early Cenozoic ‘greenhouse’ world. Pasted on this background of high temperatures were multiple episodes of extreme, rapid, greenhouse-gas driven global warming events called ‘hyperthermals’ that may provide analogs for future global climate change. By combining geochemical records from deep ocean sediment cores with Earth system modeling, she investigates the drivers and consequences of carbon cycling on a warm Earth on timescales ranging from the
geologically brief hyperthermals (tens of thousands of years) to multi-million year trends.


Sharon Katz Cooper is the Education and Outreach manager for the United States Science Support Program for IODP. She has worked with the program since 2007, leading professional development programs, developing curricula, and creating both formal and informal education projects focused on IODP science. In her spare time she writes children’s books and hangs out with her husband and three boys in Pittsburgh, PA. Sharon sailed on the very first School of Rock in 2005 and was forever bitten by the JR!