Jaclyn Gerakios is an avid ocean advocate. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Marine Biology and a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Environmental Education. She has worked as an aquarist, marine science educator, water quality technician, and even a mermaid. Over seven years as a classroom teacher, Jaclyn taught grades 5-12 all subjects of science, including marine biology and environmental science. Jaclyn is a SCUBA instructor and also volunteers her time with a local sea turtle patrol during nesting season as a supervisor, monitoring the beach for turtle nests and hatchlings. She is a past president of the Florida Marine Science Educators Association and was on the board of directors for many years. Through her work with EarthEcho International, she has planned expeditions for teachers and engaging online professional development opportunities. Jaclyn lives in Florida with her husband and son.