I decided to pursue teaching as a profession because I want to use my experience in scientific research and passion for nature to provide students with a memorable and valuable learning experience.”

Julianne’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Biology

“I chose this discipline because it is based in asking creative questions and exploring potential answers. I have a passion for nature and am excited to engage my students in discovering and understanding the wonders of the natural world.”

Professional Experience

In 2013, Julianne completed a summer internship at the Acoustics Research Group at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship program. In this role, Julianne analyzed acoustic data for sperm whale clicks in the western North Atlantic to help monitor their abundance and distribution.

Following her graduation, Julianne spent a season working as a hatchery technician for the Snettisham salmon hatchery in remote Southeast Alaska. She then traveled back to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, to continue her work in whale acoustics with NOAA, monitoring migratory patterns of sei, fin, humpback, and endangered North Atlantic right whales. Julianne taught through the NOAA Outreach and Education on Protected Species program (NOEPS). Throughout the three years that she lived and worked in Massachusetts, Julianne regularly traveled to local K–12 classrooms to teach students about marine mammal acoustics and ecology. She also taught college-level seminars and conducted outreach and presentations for the general public to engage them in local marine science.  

Julianne began teaching at Chimacum Junior/Senior High School during the 2018–2019 school year.

Volunteer Experience

Julianne taught college students about humpback whale acoustics, behavior, and ecology in the Caribbean on a Sea Education Association (SEA) voyage aboard a tall ship. The group sailed to Silver and Navidad Banks to observe and listen to the humpbacks on their seasonal breeding grounds. Julianne guided the students in exploring humpback behavior and song structure.

More recently, Julianne volunteered through a wildlife beach monitoring program through Gig Harbor WildWatch. This educational program engages local citizens in monitoring beaches in the area, counting and tracking different plant and animal species in the different tidal zones.


Julianne enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, kayaking, and any outdoor activity. She also enjoys using charcoal, watercolor, ink, and mixed media to create realistic drawings of wildlife, people, and landscapes, and combining art with themes of science and nature.

Academic Background

  • University of Puget Sound (Master of Arts in Teaching)
  • Oregon State University (Bachelor of Science in Zoology)