"My experience on The Endeavor connected the dots. I have been teaching my students how air and water temperature, salinity and tides affect animal populations at our local salt marsh. My conversations with the scientists and oceanography students gave me a deeper understanding of the science behind our 2nd grade lessons."
Susanne Warburton has been a teacher at the Fishing Cove Elementary
School in North Kingston for the last 10 years. Susanne’s passion has
always been education. After receiving her BS in Elementary Education
from the University of Rhode Island in 1993, she began teaching at
Overbook Academy in Warwick. In 2002 she received her Masters of
teaching English as a second language from Rhode Island College. Susanne
not only enjoys teaching students but also works with other teachers to
help them integrate technology into their own classrooms.
Susanne works with her second grade students at Fishing Cove to investigate seasonal variations in the Fishing Cove salt marsh in Narragansett Bay. Over the past year her students have been measuring temperatures, salinities, and animal counts in the salt marsh. The students are able to organize their data and make conclusions with the help of Susanne.
Susanne plans to use the experience on the RV Endeavor to inspire fellow teachers to develop outdoor classroom projects allowing students to gain more experience and knowledge of scientific research. She also plans to use the expedition’s photos and video to visually show her students the equipment the scientist used during the expedition. Susanne hopes to use the knowledge gained on the RV Endeavor to expand her own project in the Fishing Cove Salt Marsh.