Growing up on the shores of Hawaii, Anne Marie Wotkyns shared the company of her first, and most memorable science teacher, her grandfather—a sailor, diver, fisherman, and oceanographer—who loved to share his experiences with others. Now Ms. Wotkyns strives to share the wonders of the world with her students at J. B. Monlux Magnet Elementary School using a variety of creative, hands-on activities in her classroom, including raising trout from eggs, creating games using magnets, growing vegetables in a class garden, singing about science concepts, and building an inflatable planetarium.
Anne Marie was named a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2006, received the Steve Allen Excellence in Education Award in 2007, and renewed her National Board Certificate in 2008. She earned her B.S. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M. Ed and teaching credential from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her free time, Anne Marie enjoys horseback riding, golfing, snow skiing, scuba diving, and traveling.