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July 02, 2019

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SEA student coordinators discuss lesson plans over ice cream at Somerset Creamery in Falmouth. Pictured from left to right: Alex Salesin, Alex Merkle-Raymond, Hanna Madsen, Jasper Jones, and Lydia Wasmer.

Welcome to the SEA SCape Session 1 Blog! This will be updated daily by the students in pairs. For today, the students are just settling onto campus, so we (the student coordinators) have written the first blog post. Today, the students have gotten to move into their homes Bellatrix House or Capella House, and been assigned into one of four Watch groups.

The four groups are Anchor, Boat, Crab, and Dolphin Watches, which helps to facilitate small group dynamics as well as mimic the Watch groups students would be in if they were aboard one of the SEA vessels. Later this week the students will get to do their first biological sampling in Sippewissett Marsh, watch fireworks at the beach, and learn about our SEA and college programs. Below, we have listed some information about ourselves so you can get to know us, just as your student will!

Alex Salesin, University of Virginia, 2018, Resident Advisor:
Hello! My name is Alex and I am so excited to work with your students this summer! I graduated from UVA last spring with my Bachelor’s in History and my Master’s in Teaching, PreK-6. I am an alumna of SEA’s high school program and the S-264 Global Ocean SEA Semester in New Zealand. I just finished my first year of teaching first grade in Northern Virginia, and I am so excited to return to SEA to continue teaching about science and the environment!

Alex Merkle-Raymond, Northeastern University, 2019, Resident Advisor:
Hey everybody! I am Alex, one of the Resident Advisors for your students while at SEASCape. I have been looking forward to teach and explore with your kids in one of the best places I’ve ever lived! I went on SEA’s C-279 Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program last spring and worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution last fall, so I am excited to show everyone my favorite places in the area.

Hanna Madsen, University of Delaware, 2013, SEASCape Student Services Co-Coordinator:
Hi there! My name is Hanna and I am very excited to create a safe learning environment for all students. I spent my childhood summers here in Falmouth, MA with my stepmom who was a SEA science teacher. I just finished a contract managing psychosocial support programs for Syrians refugees in Lebanon and will be moving to Afghanistan to support humanitarian operations in the fall. I am very excited to show you all my hometown.

Jasper Jones, Cornell College, 2020, SEASCape Session 1 Steward:
Hey y’all! I’m Jasper, the steward for SEASCape session 1. I’m a philosophy and film studies major from New York, and I’m an alumnus of the C-268 Historic Seaports of Europe program. I enjoyed my time at SEA so much I decided to come back and cook! I know how important a well-balanced and interesting array of food is to a well-appetited high schooler and eager to provide. 

Lydia Wasmer, Colby College, 2018, Resident Advisor:
Hiya! I’m Lydia and I am from Naples, FL. It’s a lot cooler here on Cape Cod during the summer so I am excited to go explore the beaches and hopefully (hopefully) see some whales. I graduated from Colby College in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Science and a concentration in Marine Science. I am also an alumna of the Global Ocean SEA Semester class S-271 and was able to sail around New Zealand. I am so happy to be back and really excited to discover new things about the world we live in and also about your wonderful kids! 

Jonelle Carreiro, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014, SEASCape Student Services Co-Coordinator:
Hey Hi Hello!- I'm Nell. I grew up on Cape Cod, in Yarmouth MA. I graduated from UMASS Amherst with my BSN-RN and have been a practicing RN for the last five years. Fun Fact: I have been living in Pocatello Idaho for the past three years and now love to rock climb! I have missed the ocean terribly though, and am so excited to be a part of SEA this summer!

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