Prior to her 26 year career in education, Andrea Skloss earned her undergraduate degree in marine biology with a chemistry minor and a masters in curriculum and instruction. She has been an Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow and Texas Teacher of the Year. She has worked on a sea turtle telemetry project with the culminating event to release hatchlings in Playa Dos Mexico. In addition she has participated in the National Park Service Teacher to Ranger to Teacher experience on Padre Island National Seashore, conducting interactive beach walks, creating curriculum and operating as event spokesperson during public hatchling releases.
Through her involvement with a GK-12 project, Ms. Skloss has utilized many graduate fellows in the classroom to demonstrate to students that scientists do cool and amazing research. Currently she has a PhD graduate fellow working with students on a yearlong project measuring environmental variables at two sites. For over ten years, she has belonged to a science collaborative undergoing hundreds of hours in content acquisition and learning the latest technology and teaching strategies.
Her message to her students is we all should be lifelong learners. "Be kind to the planet" is her motto. Since the 7th grade she has had a love for the marine environment based on a classroom exposure. She feels strongly that, "As teachers, we have an amazing impact on our students". Ms. Skloss enjoys traveling nationally and internationally. She has two married sons and a granddaughter.