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Lex Waters


Retired – Duval County School System

Growing up as a Navy brat, Lex learned the value of getting outdoors with all his cross-country moves from the west to east coast and camping trips to the Adirondacks and Sierra Nevada Mountains. He also learned during his professional teaching career that most of his students had ventured outside very infrequently, if at all, to enjoy nature, so as a marine science teacher, he made that an essential element in his curriculum. After graduating from the ¬†Jacksonville Marine Institute, he ran scuba diving trips to the Keys and Bahamas as well as many of the springs in Florida. As a teacher with Duval County, most of field trips went to local coastal ecosystems to expose students to the wonderful environment right in their own “backyards”! For many, it was their first foray to the beach and salt marshes.

  • Graduated in 1975 from Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in marine biology
  • Worked at Jacksonville Marine Institute as the marine biology instructor, seamanship instructor, scuba instructor and director of operations.
  • Marine Science teacher for Duval County Schools for over 30 years
  • Teacher on Special Assignment Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute as Program Manager of Marine and Environmental Field Studies 2006-2011
  • Won the 2000-2001 SeaWorld/Busch Gardens National Environmental Excellence Award for the Reef Ball artificial reef project while at Mandarin High School
  • Mandarin High School Teacher of the Year 2001, Science Department Chair MHS 2004-2006
  • Duval Regional Finalist Teacher of the Year
  • 2001 Florida Marine Educator of the Year
  • Co-Chair of the 2004 National Marine Educators Association annual conference held at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg
  • Past president of the Jacksonville Reef Research Team 2001-2004