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Estacado HS teacher out at sea for research

Catherine Prenot, Estacado HS teacher (Source: KCBD) Catherine Prenot, Estacado HS teacher (Source: KCBD)
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An Estacado High School science teacher is in the Pacific Ocean doing research, right now.

What she learns on her 14-day voyage, she'll be bringing back to her classroom.

"Well, I think one of the greatest gifts as a teacher is the ability to have this pocket of time during the summer to learn new things,” Cathrine Prenot is a science instructional coach at Estacado High School, says.

She has been in education for 19 years.

"I feel that I've had a real calling for science,” she explains. “Then, I get to learn new things every day and have amazing opportunities to do- go out to sea on a ship, as well."

Right now, Prenot is out in the Pacific Ocean, aboard Bell M. Shimada,  studying Hake.

"It's the most important commercial fishing stock in that area of the Pacific," she says.

It's all a part of the Teacher at Sea program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"The ship has this big high-tech, kind of, like ear on the bottom of it and it broadcasts a signal and it bounces off of the fish and then sends it back up to the ship,” Prenot explains. “The scientists can tell by how it interacts with the fish, you know, what fish populations they are."

But, it is how she'll use the information she gathers while out at sea for her students.

"I draw cartoons,” she said.

Through these drawings, she hopes to relate to her students and provide them with non-traditional learning material.

"I'll be sort of documenting my trip as a graphic novel,” the science coach says. “Hopefully I will captivate interest in that way, too."

She says she hopes to ignite the passion she has for science in her students.

"My personal goal is to make everybody a scientist, but that's the long-term picture,” she says. “Short-term is, that I want to get them excited about science and develop some really interesting curriculum."

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