Karen Moyd has been teaching for the last 33 years and describes teaching as her passion and the ocean as her love. For the past 17 years, she has been able to combine them both in teaching Marine Science at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, SC. With the absence of a marine science textbook, Karen makes it her mission to fully immerse herself in professional development each summer, to gain knowledge and experience she can immediately implement in her classroom. In her summers of training she has worked with countless aquariums, science centers, universities, and scientists for truly unique experiences including researching benthic organisms aboard the RV Savannah, spending three days touring the USS Truman at sea, and designing her own marine science activity book, “Bottom’s Up.”. Closer to home, she works with the Roper Mountain Science Center to conduct “Ocean Awareness” workshops for Greenville County teachers of all grade levels.
Karen received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Science Teaching from Clemson University and a Master of Arts in Middle School Science from Furman University. She is certified in Math and Science for grades 6-12 and has taught everything from general math to chemistry to ED 101 as an adjunct professor at North Greenville University. She currently serves as a board member of the Greenville County Science Teachers Association and an active member of South Carolina Marine Educators Association. Her concerns over the health our oceans run deep and she feels quite fortunate to be able to educate all age groups in respecting our water planet.