The Schooba Academy is a nonprofit, out-of-school, credit-bearing program with a mission of fostering a sustained engagement in science for students from low-income communities through the learning of SCUBA diving.
Scuba diving is an engaging and exotic action sport. To participate in it, one must have an understanding of many middle and high school science concepts. We nurture the connection between scuba diving and the learning of science, and with close intergenerational support, students receive:
- Private science tutoring
- Scuba training
- Weekend field trips
- 1:1 Mentoring
The Schooba Academy is fiscally sponsored by Urban Workshop, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
In 2006, I graduated from the University of Miami with a BSc in Marine Science and Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. I spent the following 18 months in 11 different countries working as a journalist, photographer and SCUBA Instructor. Upon return to The States, I became a cohort 16 NYC Teaching Fellow and spent the following two years teaching middle school science at Lyons Community School – a small, progressive, Title-I school in Brooklyn, NY. In November 2009, I was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2041 Teacher’s Contest and was awarded free passage aboard the 2009 International Antarctic Treaty Expedition with world famous polar explorer, Robert Swan. I am a PADI OWSI Instructor and an Infant/Child/Adult CPR/First Aid Instructor. I have a Masters in Adolescent Science Education from Pace University.
I like to play the ukulele.