Explore Earth: Bringing Oceanography into the Classroom and Beyond
Monday 04/19/2021
4:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12


NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for K-12 educators. In this presentation, listen to Dr. Yackar Mazoule, postdoctoral researcher in oceanography, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, talk about her own journey in oceanography, and provide some guidance for people interested in bringing oceanography to their students and/or kids at home, but also for anyone who always wanted to know more about the oceans, but didn’t know where to get started. Through this presentation, we intend to demonstrate that one can learn from a variety of resources, available online and beyond.


Yackar Mauzole is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in oceanography, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, part of the University of the University of California San Diego. She obtained her PhD in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island in 2017, and joined the satellite oceanography group at JPL/Caltech, a NASA laboratory located in the Los Angeles area, from 2017 to 2019. Her research focuses on fronts at the sea surface, which are the oceanic equivalent of weather fronts observed in the atmosphere (the same ones mentioned on the weather channel).

Dr. Samuel García Jr. serves as a NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist, Assistant Professor of Practice for the LBJ Institute for Education and Research. Dr. García helps facilitate professional development to both formal and informal STEM educators utilizing NASA resources with a specific focus on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. He also works with faculty serving in Minority Serving Institutions in developing STEM educational tools and resources for teachers to implement in their classrooms. Dr. García’s research agenda is geared towards community and educational change by creating healthy, equitable, and culturally responsive learning environments for traditionally underserved populations. Dr. García. earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, formerly University of Texas Pan American and holds a doctorate degree in School Improvement from Texas State University.