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New staffers join the Sanibel Sea School team

By SANIBEL SEA SCHOOL - | Nov 24, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Dana Donkle, left, and Brianna Machuga recently joined the Sanibel Sea School's team of marine science educators.

The Sanibel Sea School announced that it recently had two marine science educators join its team of ocean advocates. They will work to deliver marine science education and hands-on field trips and work to create lasting ocean memories for children and families.

Dana Donkle and Brianna Machuga bring their experience in environmental education and outreach and their love for children to the team. Hailing from the mountains in North Carolina, Donkle has had a passion for the ocean, ever since snorkeling for the first time in the Caribbean. The experience ignited her passion for ocean conservation and love for expressing her passion through ocean-related art.

Donkle recently spent time teaching about Florida’s marine ecosystems at the Pigeon Key Foundation in the Keys. She led snorkel outings for school groups and taught coral reef ecology. Prior to that, Donkle worked as an environmental educator, teaching children about the coastal ecosystems of South Carolina. She is excited to bring her passion for education and conservation to the Sanibel Sea School.

Originally from northeast Ohio, Machuga is actually a returning staff member. She worked with the Sanibel Sea School in 2019 as a summer camp counselor. Machuga was excited to return because she loves working with children. She brings her experience in education and children’s programming from Disney, where she was a cast member and conservation educator.

Part of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation family, the Sanibel Sea School’s mission is to improve the ocean’s future, one person at a time.