Tammy Orilio is a (mostly) 11th & 12th grade science teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and has been at the same school for all 16 years of her teaching career. She is currently teaching Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Marine Science. Tammy graduated from the State University of New York College at Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in biology, and has taken a variety of graduate courses in marine ecology at Florida Atlantic University.
Ms. Orilio is always looking for ways to bring hands-on science into her classroom, and as such, has participated in other teacher research experiences like NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, Ocean Exploration Trust’s E/V Nautilus Science Communication Fellowship, and has sailed on the JOIDES Resolution as Education & Outreach Officer. In the summer months, Ms. Orilio works as a first mate on a whale watch tour boat in Seward, Alaska, allowing her to see whales, sea lions, puffins, and glaciers on a daily basis.
Tammy’s classroom motto is “individuals matter”, as she tries to get her students to understand the choices they make have impact(s) on the world around them and to make more educated choices. She wants her students to leave her classroom with a greater appreciation for the earth and all of its interconnected parts.