Lisa Calvo Named Marine Educator of the Year by Statewide Organization

L-R: Lisa Calvo, Diana Burich, K-12 Program Coordinator of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Steve Evert of Stockton College and current president of NJMEA.

L-R: Lisa Calvo, Diana Burich, K-12 Program Coordinator of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Steve Evert of Stockton College and current president of NJMEA.

Lisa Calvo, aquaculture agent jointly affiliated with Rutgers NJAES and the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, was presented the Outstanding Marine Educator of the Year Award by the New Jersey Marine Education Association (NJMEA) on May 20 during its annual professional development workshop, Teach at the Beach 2014, at Stockton College.

Calvo was recognized for her “efforts in linking local New Jersey shellfish communities and scientists as NJSGC’s Aquaculture Coordinator and for educating school children and teachers.” She particularly earned high praise for “educating New Jersey’s children and communities about ocean literacy, sustainability and stewardship” through Project PORTS (Promoting Oyster Restoration Through Schools), a multi-faceted program conducted by Calvo in multiple New Jersey schools, mostly in bayshore communities, since 2007.

NJSGC advances knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment through research, education and extension.