Sanibel Sea School Welcomes a New Marine Science Educator
We are so excited to announce that we have a new marine science educator joining our team of ocean advocates. Annie Clinton is no stranger to Sanibel Sea School, however, she started her journey with us a a Summer Camp Counselor! As she transitions to full time you’ll find her leading day courses, homeschool programs, and more. Read a little more about her here:
Where are you from?
I am from Orlando, Florida. I’ve grown up used to Florida’s hot sun, afternoon thunderstorms, and creepy critters. My experiences from living on a lake and from visiting the ocean have shaped my career choices and the way that I view the environment.
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
I went to Rollins College where I majored in Marine Biology and minored in German. I experienced a lot of hands-on activities both within the lab and field. It has been amazing to see a lot of the creatures I have learned about in the wild.
What do you look forward to while teaching at Sanibel Sea School?
I am looking forward to helping build a connection between students and the marine environment. Early experiences can greatly shape how people act in the future and the choices they make. It would be incredible to influence a love for our oceans that leads to choices that will impact our environment in a positive way.
What do you like to do in your time off?
I love to read, paint, go to the beach (of course 😊), karaoke!, wakeboard… the list goes on and on… I love trying new things.
What is your favorite sea creature?
My favorite sea creature is a jellyfish because I always seem to become so entranced by them. I love watching them when I am at an aquarium. They’re so elegant and their life cycles are so unique. Learning about them in college re-sparked my love for the marine world.
What’s the best music for a weekend at the beach?
Whenever I go to the beach, I either must listen to Jimmy Buffet or Colbie Caillat. Those two artists will always be my go-to for beach music.
If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go?
I think it would be incredible to go out into the large open ocean to swim with whale sharks. It seems so serene and peaceful, but also a bit frightening as you have this vast ocean beneath you.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
Fun fact: I have never seen snow. I prefer warm days over cold. Florida is my forever home!