Refuge bids farewell to STAR teacher
Dee Mason recently finished up her STAR – Summer Teachers Assisting Refuges – stint with the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel, thanks to funding from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society.
A fifth-grade teacher math and science at Villas Elementary School in Fort Myers, she assisted the refuge’s Conservation Education team with summer programs.
A Florida Gulf Coast University graduate who has been with Villas Elementary for 15 years, Mason has spent past summers as an educator guide with middle and high school students traveling to Europe as part of the People to People International program to promote peace and understanding among all nationalities.
Museum welcomes new staffers
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently welcomed two new team members in preparation for the winter season and opening of the renovated building.
Environmental Educator Tony Gynac graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s in marine biology. Her love of the water has always captured her attention and pushed her toward conservation. Gynac has spent time honing her skills in education and conservation as an intern at the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute and is a volunteer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Senior Aquarist Carly Hulse graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in both marine science and biology. She completed her certification in aquarium science at Oregon Coast Community College. From there, Hulse went on to work as an aquarist at various facilities, including the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Louisiana, SEA LIFE Aquarium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.