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Fishing for Fun UNDRDC

with Mary Ward Constantino

Mary Ward Constantino

Every time I descend, I wonder what is to come. Each dive is an adventure filled with the thrill of the unknown. I photograph fish that look like coral, worms that look like trees, and creatures that are the masters of camouflage. I use these pictures to show my Biology students the unusual creatures that live beneath the sea. You never know what motivates kids, so I take every opportunity to spark their interests. This is more than just my job, it’s my PASSION!  William Arthur Ward said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” These words challenge me every day. I hope to reach an even younger audience and getting them hooked on science through my writing.  I want to make real science really fun! The best part of the process is how my kids motivate my inner child and encourage stories to bubble up from my imagination.

I am a SCBWI member, have a B.S. in Marine Biology, and have my M.A. in Education.  I am a NBPTS certified and advanced academics certified Biology teacher. For thirteen years, I have been teaching Biology and Oceanography in Fairfax County, VA. My sons love books. We go to the library all the time and have read to them every night since they were born.  Family story time is precious to us. Each night is filled with the excitement of a new story or revisiting a favorite.  These stories, characters, and illustrations have truly become an integral part of our lives.

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