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National Marine Institute's Marine Education Program is presented by very dedicated and talented instructors.  Each has a unique educational background and individual specialty knowledge, but they all share a love for our oceans and environment.


Students with Laura Gallagher (seated in center) at Sea World, in  Orlando, Florida.



Deborah Ethridge has earned a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.  She has spent seven years navigating research vessels for oil services and the telecommunications industries. Her passion is conservation and she is an active volunteer for Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.  Deborah was also a freelance writer for the Marine Section of the Pompano Pelican.  She has been actively working with National Marine Institute, Inc. and our students for more than thirteen years.


Deborah Ethridge (on right) with students at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.


Hilary Harder, a former instructor, was Volunteer Coordinator at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.  As a member of the South Florida Reef Research Team, she participated in the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF).  She spends her well earned vacation time counting fish and conducting marine life surveys with REEF in exotic places like Belize and the Cayman Islands.  Hilary has a Bachelor Degree in Biology and Environmental Studies and a Masters Degree in Environmental Education from Florida Atlantic University. 



Hilary Harder (on left) with a group of students at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.



Irene Arpayoglou has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Masters of Science Degree in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University. Although no longer actively teaching, she has been involved with the Broward county Sea Turtle Conservation Project as a "Turtler" and has helped in the efforts to relocate sea turtle nests from public beaches to secure hatcheries throughout the country.


Deborah Ethridge and students learn sampling techniques such as seining and sieving at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution on Indian River Lagoon.


Laura Gallagher is a Florida State University graduate with a degree in Biology and a former animal trainer at Sea World in Orlando, Florida.  Laura was instrumental in developing our Marine Science Program at its inception. Although no longer actively teaching, she maintains a good relationship with National Marine Institute's staff and instructors and has participated as a guest speaker for some of our classes.


Laura Gallagher (on Left) and students ride through Indian River Lagoon at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.


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