Sandra J. Lebrón, Education Manager
Sandra J. Lebrón joined San Diego Coastkeeper to oversee the implementation of Project SWELL (Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership). In partnership with the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District, Project SWELL provides a comprehensive and hands-on water quality and pollution prevention curricula to students in the district.
She has a bachelors in science in biology, with a major in coastal marine biology, from the University of Puerto Rico Humacao Campus, and a master’s degree in marine science from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus.
Most recently, she worked at Birch Aquarium at Scripps where she taught classes about several ocean science topics. In addition to working in school and public programs, she was selected as lead educator for the Tidepooling Public Program and the Bay and You Summer Program.
She was also an education instructor for the Living Coast Discovery Center, formerly known as Chula Vista Nature Center. There she worked in camps and special events as lead instructor, coordination and writing curricula (English & Spanish).
Previous to her roles in San Diego, she was as a marine education specialist for the Sea Grant College Program at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. She worked for four years with different audiences including K-12 students, teachers, undergraduate students, college professors, coastal communities, fishermen, and environmental organizations. She organized teacher workshops, funded by the South East Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence, to help teachers integrate ocean science in K-12 curricula, and offer presentations about marine ecosystems, marine debris, and other topics to hundreds of students and teachers.
She also worked as the education coordinator for the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Natural and Environmental Resources in Puerto Rico. There she developed and implemented several teacher workshops, field trips, summer camps, and outreach activities and developed curricula, brochures, and other estuarine educational materials for informal and formal education audiences, as well as, promotional and outreach materials.