SeaPerch San Diego

Nancy Taylor served as the San Diego Office of Education’s Science Curriculum Coordinator for over 20 years. Nancy was renown for her forward thinking and innovative approach to science education and was dedicated to bringing hands on, minds on, interactive pedagogical technics to teachers throughout California and the nation.
Nancy recognized the value of the SeaPerch program and through the San Diego Science Alliance, a volunteer 501c3 organization that fostered collaboration between San Diego’s professional STEM and educational communities. Nancy promoted the organization and sustainability of SeaPerch San Diego (SPSD) and the SPSD Regional Tournament.
We sadly lost Nancy to breast cancer but thanks to the dedication of those who shared her passion for superior STEM education her efforts live on in events such as the SeaPerch San Diego Regional Qualifying Tournament.
The Nancy Taylor Award is now annually presented to a person or group deemed instrumental in keeping SeaPerch San Diego and the SPSD Regional Tournament as a tool for students and teachers exploring quality STEM education.

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Alicia discovered SeaPerch as a participant in the San Diego Science Alliance’s NSF funded Exploring STEM Careers Initiative. She quickly took the reins and promoted SeaPerch at Mar Vista Middle school, where she teaches, convincing site administration that SeaPerch should be part of the middle school curriculum opposed to a voluntary after school program.
In a short amount of time, Sweetwater School District recognized the STEM educational value of SeaPerch and offered Alicia the opportunity to provide training and support for SeaPerch curriculum throughout the district.
Alicia was awarded the first Nancy Taylor award in recognition of her spirit and dedication to the growth of the SeaPerch program and continuation of the SPSD Regional Qualifying Tournament.


When Dr. Reese served as Dean Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Exercise Science and Wellness at Grossmont Community College, he procured the pool facilities and necessary facility support to enable SPSD to hold the regional tournament. Mike is an ardent supporter of hands-on, inquiry based STEM education and an invaluable supporter of the SPSD mission. 

Mike has moved on to an interim District position in the college planning office but assured continued support for the tournament in the capable hands of Dr. Cary Willard. 

With this award, we thank these dedicated educators and Grossmont College for their continued support.

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Kathleen has participated in and promoted SeaPerch in San Diego since it’s inception and continues to provide SPAWAR and USN volunteers for the SPSD Regional Qualifying Tournament. This tournament absolutely would not happen without this valuable source of help.
The SPSD Council extends their deepest gratitude to Kathleen and SPAWAR for their help making this important, exciting STEM education event.


Michael B. Jones is Founder and President of The Maritime Alliance (TMA), which is a non-profit cluster organization started in January 2007.  Originally focused on San Diego – the largest U.S. BlueTech (ocean and water tech) cluster – it has a growing number of members in the U.S. and abroad.  Its Mission Statement is “Promoting Sustainable, Science-Based Ocean & Water Industries”.  Its tag line is “Promoting BlueTech and Blue Jobs®”.   Its BlueTech Incubator was launched in Fall 2017.  The annual BlueTech Week is one of the largest BlueTech networking events in the U.S.  The 11th annual BlueTech Week planned for Nov. 18-22, 2019 is expected to have over 650+ individual participants from 16+ countries at 8 events over 5 days.  TMA is helping promote the creation of regional clusters globally and in 2017 helped form the BlueTech Cluster Alliance which today includes 10 leading BlueTech clusters from 8 countries.  Michael is an angel investor and has helped start a number of organizations and companies.  He was born in Germany, speaks 5 languages and travels extensively.