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National Group Honors Sea Grant’s Hathaway

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The National Marine Educators Association recently presented Terri Kirby Hathaway with its highest recognition: the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award. Hathaway is the marine education specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant.

Terri Kirby Hathaway is the marine education specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant and brings the coast to the classroom with hands-on experiences like her sea-bean collection. Photo: Jeff Hampton.

The award was presented at the association’s 2017 national conference in Charleston by outgoing association president Tami Lunsford. To be eligible, the recipient must have demonstrated a distinguished career in teaching, research or service in marine education.

“Terri Kirby Hathaway has a long and distinguished career in the marine education field. For over 30 years, she has shown dedicated service to the National Marine Educators Association, the Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association and the field of marine education as a whole,” the national association notes in a news release.

Before joining Sea Grant in 2003, she spent more than 18 years as the education curator of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. In 2012, she co-authored the book, “North Carolina’s Amazing Coast: Natural Wonders from Alligators to Zoeas.”

The mid-Atlantic association’s newsletter editor for more than 15 years and regional group’s president in 1992, Hathaway also earned multiple regional awards.

“She is an amazing role model for women coming into the marine education field and is absolutely deserving of this award. NMEA’s current president has considered Terri her mentor since 1997,” according to the national association.

North Carolina Sea Grant also expressed support.

“It is an honor to have Terri on our team. Her work with a variety of educators is vital to our mission of spreading marine and coastal literacy and awareness to many generations in all regions of the state,” said Jack Thigpen, Sea Grant extension director.

Hathaway writes the Scotch Bonnet newsletter for Sea Grant and is a frequent presenter at education workshops at the local, state, regional and national levels.

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The story was compiled by staff members of Coastal Review Online.