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Rivers to Reefs 2016

Participants in this Adventure

Anne Marie Addison

Anne Marie Addison
3rd - 5th Grades,
South Hart Elementary School,
Hartewll, Georgia   

Anne Marie Addison teaches at South Hart Elementary School in Hartwell, GA. Anne Marie began her teaching career at Nancy Hart Elementary in 1989. She loves learning, and earned degrees at Emmanuel College and the University of Georgia (Early Childhood Education). Anne Marie earned a master's degree from Brenau University and a degree as Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. Later, she received both a math and gifted endorsement from the University of North Georgia. She is married to Kenny Addison, has two wonderful children, and is looking forward to the upcoming Rivers to Reefs adventure.


Kelli Bivins

Kelli Bivins
6th - 8th Grades,
W.R. Coile Middle School,
Athens, Georgia

Kelli Bivins proudly serves the students and families of W.R. Coile Middle School as an ESOL teacher, advocate, and friend. She has a deep passion for nature and building strong communities. When not serving her students, Bivins enjoys laughing and living with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.



Jody Boutwell

Jody Boutwell
3rd Grade Math/Science,
North Heights Elementary School,
Rome, Georgia

Jody Boutwell has taught 3rd grade math and science for 2 years, but will begin a new journey this Fall as he moves up to teach 6th grade math and science at North Heights Elementary School in Rome. Jody graduated from Shorter College with a degree in early childhood education. His school is seeking STEM certification and he has truly enjoyed all of the hands-on projects involved with the STEM-based curriculum. He is looking forward to the field activities in the Rivers to Reefs program and bringing back to the classroom the excitement of learning about Georgia's waterways. Jody is married and has three wonderful daughters. He served eight amazing years in the United States Marine Corps, and when not working, enjoys hiking, fishing, sports, and computers (gaming, building, etc.).


Candace Bridges

Candace Bridges
9th - 10th Grades,
Tattnall Square Academy,
Macon, Georgia

Candace Bridges is chair of the science department at Tattnall Square Academy. She currently teaches honors biology, zoology, chemistry and honors chemistry. Candace is the sponsor of the TSA Science Club, which was established in 2010. She was named STAR teacher and received the Chip Davidson Outstanding Educator of Year for 2010-2011. Candace received a bachelor's degree in biology and minor in chemistry with honors from Georgia Southern University in 2005. She graduated with her master's in biology from Georgia College & State University in 2008.


Carole Carpenter

Carole Carpenter
4th Grade,
Upson-Lee North Elementary School,
Thomaston, Georgia

Carole Carpenter is currently employed at Upson-Lee Elementary North where she serves as a 4th grade co-teacher. She hopes to gain information that will aid the school in becoming STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) certified. Carole has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Special Education, and a Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction.
Carole and her husband, Tyler are avid fisherman and kayakers. They have been married for 24 years and are the parents of two beagle girls, Maggie Pearl and Gypsy Rose. Carole is excited about this trip as it will give her a chance to learn about the waters and environments that she is not familiar with. Carole will be able to teach her students just how important our water sources are to us and our survival as well as the survival of many creatures and plants.


Demetria Head

Demetria Head
5th Grade,
Vanderlyn Elementary School,
Dunwoody, Georgia

Demetreia Head is a 5th grade science and math teacher at Vanderlyn Elementary School in Dunwoody, GA. She is interested in becoming more aware of Georgia and the natural beauty that it holds. She has lived in several different states, but the ocean and coastal areas hold a special place in her heart. Her college education began at the University of Florida. She finished her bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona and went on to receive a master's degree from Walden University. Demetreia is currently working on a doctoral degree in education through Walden University. Coming from a military childhood, Demetreia enjoys traveling, seeing new places and meeting new people.


Mary Hobby

Mary Hobby
10th - 12th Grades,
Newnan High School,
Newnan, Georgia

I took an alternate path to begin my teaching career and am now enjoying teaching high school. I am fortunate to get to teach a passion of mine, Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science. I believe outstanding teachers must put the priorities of their students first. Our purpose is to foster and facilitate the learning of those in our classes. We do this by looking for outside and primary resources like the Rivers to Reef program. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy taking my six year old Lab-Great Dane mix camping and exploring my new home in Georgia. Football season has me cheering for my undergrad, Clemson University, and grad school, the University of Florida.


Amber Hoke

Amber Hoke
K - 5th Grades,
Chattahoochee Elementary School,
Cumming, Georgia

Originally from southern California, Amber moved to north Georgia from Virginia in 2000. Over the past 28 years she has has taught everything from pre-K through sixth grade, but now has her "dream job" as the Science specialist at Chattahoochee Elementary near Lake Lanier in Forsyth County. All K-5 students at Chattahoochee Elementary are in Amber's classroom once a week for hands on science in the Discovery Lab. One of her favorite quotes from Albert Einstein is, "Play is the highest form of research", and she strives to provide those types of opportunities for her students.
Amber is married and has two adult children, a dog, and the scools' lab mascot, an African tortoise. She enjoys learning new things, travelling, and spending time with her family. She spent several summers at Jekyll Island and loves supporting the Sea Turtle Center. She is always looking for new and different ways for students to "experience" science, and firmly believes science should be taught as a verb!


Marilyn Kinney

Marilyn Kinney
7th Grade,
Cartersville Middle School,
Cartersville, Georgia

Marilyn W. Kinney teaches 7th grade life science at Cartersville Middle School. She has been teaching for 14 years, including 7 years as an 8th grade physical science at CMS. Marilyn graduated from University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor's in business administration. She earned her master's and initial certification from Berry College in 2009. Biology has always been her favorite science and she is very excited to take this once in a lifetime trip to learn how we as humans impact our precious waterways. Marilyn has three children and enjoys getting to know children from all walks of life.


Katie Knight

Katie Knight
9th Grade,
Brookwood High School,
Snellville, Georgia

Katie is certified to teach math and science and is trying to become more aware of Georgia and the natural beauty that it holds. She has always lived in Georgia, and conservation and the ocean hold a special place in her heart. She completed her Bachelor's in Biology at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Katie just finished her second year of teaching at Brookwood High school, and she plans on going back to school to further her education. Growing up on the water, Katie is very passionate about learning more about how to protect Georgia's natural habitats. She enjoys coaching, traveling, going to the lake/ocean, horseback riding, and reading.


Marvin McDuffie

Marvin McDuffie
K - 5th Grades,
South Hart Elementary School,
Hartwell, Georgia

Marvin McDuffie is the STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) facilitator at South Hart Elementary School and advisor of South Hart's STEAM Team - a competitive robotics team. He matriculated at Truett McConnell College and University of Georgia (B.A. Psychology), and earned his Master of Business Administration from Brenau University. In 2009, Marvin earned his teaching certificate recommendation from North Georgia College and State University. He completed his practicum in Krakow, Poland. Marvin loves to travel and has visited 49 states and 9 countries. He is very active with the Boy Scouts, is married, and has 4 children. He and his family like to camp out and waterski at Hartwell Lake Reservoir.


Donna Morgan

Donna Morgan
9th - 12th Grades,
Newnan High School,
Newnan, Georgia

I just finished my 15th year of teaching science at Newnan High School in Coweta County. While I have taught earth and physical science, biology and human anatomy & physiology are my true passion. I have recently begun teaching a new genetics course as well. I am the mother of 3 amazing children. They are true blessings from God. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and photography. I also enjoy traveling and learning new things so this workshop is right up my alley. I attended Creeks to Coast with Kim a few years ago and I am thrilled to also have the opportunity to experience this trip.


Stephanie Rogman

Stephanie Rogman
9th Grade
Northview High School
Johns Creek, Georgia

Stephanie Rogman is a first year teacher at Northview High School. She was able to be a teacher's assistant during her Master's Degree biology before deciding to teach high school science. She is looking for more practical ways of teaching general biology to her students and would like to know more about Georgia's waters.
She is hoping to gain experience from the Rivers to Reefs program to encourage discussions and create projects that can be easily incorporated into the classroom. She can't wait to share her experience with her students! She enjoys running, backpacking and discovering new places.


Westby Slade

Westby Slade
K - 5th Grades
Eastvalley Elementary School
Marietta, Georgia

Westby Slade is a native of Atlanta, GA. His love of all things aquatic was fostered in the "Hooch" and cemented with yearly beach trips to Destin, FL. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Marine Biology and worked many years in the environmental consulting business. As a consultant he performed numerous biological and terrestrial studies around the Southeast. Through his second career as a Stay-at-Home Dad, he fostered his children's love of the outdoors by dragging them around the Southeast on "adventures". While the children were in elementary school he used his science background to supplement and enhance their classroom learning experiences, and coach elementary and middle school Science Olympiad events.
In 2014, Slade became a science teacher at Eastvalley Elementary in Marietta, GA. In his science lab he makes science "come alive" for the students. He lives in Marietta with his wife, Patti, and their two children who are now in middle and high school.


Leslie Wallace

Leslie Wallace
3rd Grade
South Hart Elementary School
Hartwell, Georgia

Leslie Wallace began teaching 3rd grade at Hartwell, Georgia's South Hart Elementary School in 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences from the University of Georgia, her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College in Athens in 2001, and her Educational Specialist degree from Piedmont College in 2005. She is married to Mark Wallace, owner of Wallace Granite Sales in Elberton, Georgia. She has one daughter, Mary Claire, who attends the University of Georgia. Leslie enjoys cooking, fishing and spending time at the beach.


Amy Yule

Amy Yule
5th Grade
Chattahoochee Elementary School
Cumming, Georgia

Amy began teaching in 2011 after earning her Master's Degree from Brenau University. For the past five years Amy has taught kindergarten, third grade and now teaches fifth grade in Forsyth County. Amy came to teaching after a career in accounting where she worked for an environmental consulting firm in Louisiana. Her true passion has been teaching and learning as she feels she has learned as much from her students as they have from her. She feels that sharing her experience with Rivers to Reef with her students will encourage them to become better stewards of our water systems in Georgia. In her spare time, mostly summers, Amy enjoys traveling globally with her two teenage children and husband.


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