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Spring 2019: A Voyage of Discovery
Assistant Director for Faculty Led Programs

Hannah O’Malley

Hannah’s love for adventure and small, tight-knit communities began in her hometown of Millbrook, New York, where she grew up surrounded by forest, family, and friends. She is thrilled to be continuing her journey with the Semester at Sea team for the 2019 fall semester.

Hannah earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Secondary Education Studies from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. During her time there, she also participated as a member of the college service council, student taught biology at a local high school, worked on a landscape ecology research team studying painted turtles, and briefly studied abroad in Tanzania.

Following her undergraduate studies Hannah began pursuing a career in place-based and experiential education through environmental and conservation education. She taught environmental education with the YMCA in South Carolina, interned in conservation education at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in Florida, and worked in alternative tourism and outdoor education as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Ohio. Most recently, Hannah worked as an education coordinator with Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team. Her primary responsibilities included developing teaching resources in tandem with Disney film releases, connecting kids and families to nature at Walt Disney World and beyond, and supporting the planning and implementation of the annual Earth Day event at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

In 2017 Hannah graduated from Miami University’s Global Field Program with her MAT in Teaching Biology. While earning her graduate degree she traveled to Mexico, Thailand, and Paraguay to study community-based conservation and inquiry-based learning.

Hannah’s current home base is in Windermere, Florida, where her cat and her boyfriend, Jeff, reside. This will be her second semester sailing as Assistant Director for Faculty Led Programs and she is so looking forward to working and learning with the Fall 2019 Staculty!