Auburn Carpenter, Education Projects Manager, Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi, Texas
PLT is one of several education programs that Auburn Carpenter uses in the aquarium’s outreach programs and its Aquavision videoconferencing series. In her first year on the job since completing her Masters in Education for Secondary Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2004, she reached 5,200 students from new and diverse audiences through this innovative teaching method. Also in that same year, she became a facilitator for PLT; Project WILD; Project Aquatic Wild; Food, Land, and People; and Flying Wild, and conducted 30 teacher workshops for 430 teachers to rave reviews. Auburn has presented at various conferences on how to incorporate distance learning into environmental education programs. Her goal is to conduct a PLT workshop using videoconferencing!
Auburn was named National PLT Outstanding Educator Honoree in 2006.