COA welcomes Kristen Grazioso, Education Coordinator, to our team! In March, Kristen jumped right in during these challenging times, and hit the ground running on programs and materials to educate students of all ages about ocean pollution issues. Her knowledge and experience, as well as a true zest for environmental education and a passion for the environment, has prepared her well to be part of our crew.
Kristen graduated from University of California – Santa Barbara with a degree in environmental studies and a minor in education. Kristen has experience in a school setting, and with nonprofit organizations and youth centers and camps. Prior to her employment, COA was already familiar with Kristen’s ability to communicate environmental issues and solutions. Kristen was training to become a COA Education Ambassador, and served as a workstation and field trip leader in recent Student Summits.
Kristen will lead and develop our education programs and initiatives. She is working on the launch of our new SEAL program for high school students, thanks to funding from Impact 100 Jersey Shore. Kristen is also blazing the virtual education trail for COA by transforming our Spring Student Summit into a fun, informative, and engaging virtual experience for middle school students this May. Kristen brings her bi-coastal experiences to COA’s team. Welcome aboard, Kristen!