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Hathaway Receives Environmental Educator Kudos


Contact: E-Ching Lee, 919/515-9098,

Posted Monday, November 5, 2012

Terri Kirby Hathaway (right) receives her award from Keith Bamberger, EENC membership co-chair. Courtesy EENC.

Terri Kirby Hathaway, North Carolina Sea Grant marine education specialist, was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Practitioner by the Environmental Educators of North Carolina, or EENC.

The award recognizes an EENC member who helps to build environmental education as a profession through statewide efforts and leadership, as well as by being an advocate for excellent education.

“Terri has been a leader in environmental education in North Carolina, and the South Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as on the national level. It is great to see her creativity and hard work recognized by the EENC,” says Jack Thigpen, Sea Grant extension director.

Hathaway was cited for her dedication to environmental education and educators statewide, her enthusiasm for the discipline and her long-term impact in the field.

“It is Terri’s contagious enthusiasm for anything related to the ocean and teaching that makes her an outstanding practitioner of environmental education,” notes Beth Cranford in the nomination. Cranford, an educator at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, writes that Hathaway’s warmth and enthusiasm is “a priceless contribution” to the profession.

Hathaway facilitates the Methods of Teaching Environmental Education course, which is required for EE certification, and trains state educators on ocean-related topics. She develops coastal curricula for North Carolina classrooms and organizes teacher workshops. In addition, she serves as an education specialist with the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Southeast, serving North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

She writes Scotch Bonnet (, a marine education newsletter, three times a year. She also is a regular contributor to Sea Grant’s magazine Coastwatch (

In 2009, Hathaway was named the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s Volunteer of the Year for her work on educating the public about the sanctuary.


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