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" Joe taught me so much about the marine world and I continue to design my marine biology course based on my experiences co-teaching this senior elective."

“I am sending along a few photos of my friend Joe Rozak 1760, who was instrumental in my education and growth as a science teacher. In my early years at GA Joe and I shared an office that was key to my surviving the challenges of being a newbie. Observing Joe plan and conduct his Chemistry and Oceanology classes through the use of inquiry-based labs and the most current technology available was instrumental in pushing me forward to try new approaches. He was always there with a reassuring word and made the time to share his knowledge, especially when I was struggling with a Vernier sensor or an Excel spreadsheet. Assisting Joe with the GA Scuba course and trips for several years brings back so many fond memories as we traveled to Bonaire and Roatan. On these trips, my love for marine biology grew. I recall my first dive from the shoreline when upon entry into the water my pressure gauge blew-off! Joe calmly took me back to the dive shack, getting me the necessary equipment, and calming my nerves so I could make a successful dive. Joe taught me so much about the marine world and I continue to design my marine biology course based on my experiences co-teaching this senior elective. The attached photos are from our annual field trip to Stone Harbor, New Jersey. It is a trip we have done since 1990 and one I look forward to each year as I can spend the day with Joe and the students exploring and appreciating the barrier island and salt marsh ecology.”


- Becky Pizzino 1760

 


 

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