Hello! My name is Markus Hiukka and I'm a camp counselor this summer for the Seattle Aquarium's Marine Summer Camps. I just graduated from Interlake High School and will be attending the University of Washington this upcoming fall where I plan to study marine biology. I have been a youth volunteer at the aquarium for the past two and a half years and am very excited to be joining the summer camp staff after five sessions as a teen volunteer.
This is my first year working at the Seattle Aquarium as a camp counselor. I graduated from UCLA in March of 2014 with a B.S in Biology and Conservation. At UCLA, I spent two years doing marine research, including a research quarter in Tahiti. Before moving to Seattle, I was the Head Instructor at an outdoor science school in Southern California. I am originally from central California and enjoy swimming, hiking, and crafting in my free time. One of my greatest crafting achievements is a jellyfish hat costume made from a sombrero!
Hello! I'm Vanessa Woo and am thrilled to be a 2015 camp counselor. I am entering my fifth year at Western Washington University, studying Environmental Studies and getting my teaching certificate in Elementary Education. I am passionate about developing my knowledge about the marine environment and spreading awareness to others. One day I will have a classroom of my own where I plan to make nature a part of my daily lesson plans. I discovered my love for the marine environment by snorkeling in Hawaii and constantly going to the beach with my family in Edmonds. When not at the Aquarium, you can find me playing tennis, petting my dog and tending to my hamster.
I just moved to Seattle this summer and am very excited to make my home in the Pacific Northwest! I am a native of Saint Louis, Missouri, where I earned a BA in Education and a BFA in Theatre at Lindenwood University and taught elementary Spanish at Incarnate Word Parish School. I have always had a great love for the outdoors, as evidenced by my more than ten years of experience working in summer camp environments throughout the Midwest. I love caring for animals, especially my small zoo at home that consists of two dogs, six hermit crabs, and a hedgehog. When not exploring with aquarium campers, I enjoy knitting, sewing, and watching nerdy fantasy shows with my husband, Phillip.
My name is Ellie Canade and I am excited to be a Lead Instructor at camp for my third summer at the Seattle Aquarium. I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and moved to Seattle for school. While studying in UW’s Program on the Environment, I found a love for marine science. I started volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium in the fall of 2012. Since graduating from UW in 2013, I have been working as a marine educator at the Aquarium and elsewhere. I have a particular interest in invertebrates and algae and I love to explore tide pools. I love summer camp and was a camp counselor for four years MEganat a wilderness tripping camp in Wisconsin. I’m looking forward to meeting all of our campers this season!
Hi there! My name is Megan Sherman and I am thrilled to be returning for my third year to the Seattle Aquarium’s Marine Summer Camps as a lead instructor. My love for the ocean and all of its creatures stemmed from many summers spending time at the shore while growing up in New Jersey. Prior to the aquarium, I was fortunate to be a field instructor at IslandWood: A School in the Woods. At IslandWood, I had the opportunity to lead, teach, and work extensively with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on interactive, experiential learning in the great outdoors. I have also been fortunate to develop and lead programming at the Kids Discovery Science Museum (KiDiMu), and be an assistant Pre-K teacher at Epiphany School. As a recent recipient of a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum with a focus in science education, I am beyond excited to share my passion for marine life and science with my students this summer!
Hi! My name is Danielle Carter and I have been a marine science educator at the Seattle Aquarium since November of 2015. I am originally from San Diego. I spent the last two years working as an educator, naturalist, and summer camp instructor at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to that, I worked as an instructor at the Ocean Discovery Institute, a San Diego non-profit, where I also had the opportunity to work for four summers as a research leader for their study abroad program in Baja California. I led high school students in marine ecology research and we got to swim with whale sharks! I have a B.S. in animal physiology and neuroscience from UC San Diego and I'm currently finishing my M.S. in marine science from the University of San Diego. I have a lifelong passion for the ocean and the amazing animals that live in and around the water, especially our local orcas. I’m so excited for my first summer in Seattle and can’t wait to share my love of the ocean with the next generation!
Hi there! My name is Jenn Whitsett and I am excited to be one of your Lead Marine Educators for the 2015 summer camp season! Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I studied Marine Biology at Oregon State University. After a few years conducting research in the field of intertidal ecology, I moved to Seattle and discovered my passion for science education. I have been a Marine Science Educator at the Seattle Aquarium for eight years and every day still is as fulfilling as the next. I have a deep love for the marine environment and a passion for the Puget Sound ecosystem. As a scientist-turned-educator with an avid love for boats, I am thrilled with the themes of my camps this year and look forward to meeting the next generation of ocean stewards!