Beth Simmons has been appointed Assistant Director for Education Programs. In this newly created role, Simmons will serve as an education science and program liaison between the MBL and the University of Chicago. She will work closely with both institutions’ staff and scientists to support and enable the offering of new programs in light of the MBL’s current education portfolio and commitments.
Among Simmons’ responsibilities will be to ensure new affiliation education programs run smoothly, deliver a consistently high quality educational experience to participants, and support the well-being of students. She will report directly to Dr. Neil Shubin, Senior Advisor to the President and Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Anatomy, University of Chicago and will be working closely with William Reznikoff, MBL Director for Education and his team. Simmons will be located in Woods Hole. Her office will be alongside MBL’s Education department.
Simmons brings a wealth of education programming experience to this role. She was previously the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Palmer Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Station, the Lead Primary Investigator for the LTER Education Digital Library Project, and has been an education consultant to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry Project. Earlier in her career Simmons served as an oceanography and biology teacher in various high schools in the New England and Southern California areas.