Charlene Mauro is the Director of the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Through Pensacola State College, she teaches Marine Biology and Oceanography to area dual enrollment students who in turn educate young children that attend programs on site. Mrs. Mauro has successfully written grants to completely transform a vacant ranger station into a fully functional science field station.
Charlene began her career in at Sea World working with marine mammals, including her favorite, the manatee. Having been in marine science education for nearly 20 years, she recognizes the immense positive impact that her scientific research and teacher professional development has made on her career. Mrs. Mauro makes at least two professional presentations annually at local, state, and national levels.
The White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected Charlene as a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) winner for 2014. Past honors include National Marine Educator of the Year, Outstanding Florida High School Science Teacher of the Year, University of Florida Distinguished Educator, Navarre area Citizen of the Year, University of West Florida Outstanding Young Alumnus, and a finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year.
By example, Charlene encourages her students to find their passion, seek opportunities, make a difference, and always continue to learn.