An Everitt Middle School science teacher is embarking on an experience of a lifetime. Jennifer Petro will join National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists for a two week journey in the South Atlantic.
NOAA received more than 250 applications from teachers across the nation this year. The administration chose 25 to participate in the Teacher at Sea program. Of those, three were selected from Florida, including Jennifer Petro.
"It really is an honor to be chosen by NOAA to participate in this program and bring what NOAA does not only to my classroom but also into Everitt and Bay County," said Petro.
It's a unique trip where Petro will work alongside world-renowned scientists on cutting edge science.
"We will be mapping and exploring the marine and protected areas, looking at different fish populations."
She along with two scientists from NOAA's Panama City lab will board the ship Pisces on Monday, July 1st. They'll cruise from Mayport, Florida, near Jacksonville, up along the Atlantic Coast towards North Carolina.
It's a two week experience that will supplement a year of science lessons.
"I'm really looking forward to using the data we receive in some of my classroom labs and with some of the classroom programs that we will be doing."
While Petro's journey will provide stories she can share for a lifetime, sometimes in life it's the little things.
"I'm hoping I'll be able to drive the boat, maybe get up take the helm and steer the vessel. I'm really looking forward to be able to do that."
Petro will be blogging about her trip starting July 1st. You can follow her journey on that blog.