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Meet Our Student Leadership Team

We are proud to introduce you to our student leaders that bring their passion for the oceans from across the country! We are stronger together with the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent which ultimately brings about a healthier planet. 

In 2021, the student leaders led an incredible virtual Summit for Southern Resident orcas, participated in a marine debris survey, led a post-card writing campaign in support of the breaching of the lower Snake River dams, and discussed other relevant issues regarding the Salish Sea.

In June 2022, student leaders performed a Salish Sea School social media takeover and posted about the Southern Resident orcas and how you can help from home. 

For Orca Recovery Day in October 2022, students are working on cartoons to teach elementary students about the Southern Resident orcas.

Time commitment: Student leaders meet virtually once a month (with a maximum of 2x), usually in the evenings for 15-30 minutes. We value and honor your time and school/sport schedules so try to keep it short on zoom but do a lot of communication on Discord

Interested in being part of the 2023 team? Apply below!

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SF Bay area, CA

Leah Froemming

I hope that people become aware of the importance of the marine environment, and its impact on the rest of the world. Also, I hope that plastic, waste, and other types pollution can be mitigated to create a healthier environment.

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." - RBG

Raleigh, NC

Paul Tillmore

I am passionate about marine life and biodiversity and want to make a difference. I hope to help broaden the appeal of this program -- on both the east and west coasts -- and allow us to make a difference together. I love all parts of the ocean and care for all aspects of it but I most care for marine mammals, particularly cetaceans.


"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

-Jane Goodall

Anacortes, WA

Siobhán Gross

Through education, comes understanding. At a time when understanding and action is required to preserve our marine environment, as a part of this team I hope to share knowledge with our community in order to do just this. Whether it is "big things" like changing laws and regulations, or personal things such as making an effort to manage what you put into and take out of the environment, working together I believe that we can make a difference.


"I came to learn. We became to do something greater." - Pattern, The Stormlight Archive

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Spokane, WA

Kaia Olson

I believe that, through education and partnership, the marine environment will be recognized as a priority both in general society and in decision making in the future.

"Together and united, we are unstoppable." -Greta Thunberg

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Camas, WA

Taylor Redmond

I hope that we, as people, can try to preserve the marine environment to the best of our ability so that present and future generations will be able to admire the beauty of it. I also hope that we can further research the marine environment and maximize the knowledge gained about it as time moves forward.

"A life does not have to be human to be great."

Anacortes WA

Hayden Davies

I hope that, as human beings, we will change the earth from the path of destruction that it is on.
By having the next generations understand what needs to be done, with the marine environment
being overthrown by plastic, to global warming that is affecting us majorly in the near future.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed,

it is the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead

Bayview WA

Jack Turner

I am interested in and passionate about marine life in the Pacific Ocean. When I get older I would like to be a marine naturalist and work with marine mammals. I am concerned that without people helping the environment the conditions will worsen. I hope that this program will help other kids and adults learn about biodiversity and make people more aware.

“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone.” -Rachel Carson

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Alberta, Canada

Alexandra Guard

I want to help others learn of the importance of the Salish Sea and by extension, all ecosystems of the ocean. I feel that this would be a great opportunity for me to give something back on issues that I am very passionate about.


"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not." - The Lorax, Dr. Seuss


position open

apply at the link above!


To provide students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills by sharing ideas, student interests, and concerns about the Salish Sea and greater oceans. Students work directly with Director Amy Eberling, bringing student voice to the area the SLT group is most interested that year.


  • To provide input on goals and strategies for The Salish Sea School.

  • To focus on various topics including but not limited to The Salish Sea School community, curriculum, environmental justice, equity, and outdoor opportunities for students.

  • To demonstrate leadership qualities by serving as good examples of ocean advocates through words and actions.


  • Students 13+ years old

  • Passionate about marine biology and conservation

  • Values and respects all marine life and students

  • Works cooperatively and respectfully with all members

  • Actively participates in monthly (15-30min) virtual meetings

  • Participate in discussions and meeting coordination on a Discord channel

  • Public speaking on Zoom for a student-led conference (varies year to year)


  • Serve for one calendar year (January - December)

  • Attend virtual meetings held no more than 2x a month

  • Help plan community outreach events for Orca Month (June) and Orca Recovery Day (October)

  • Commit to attend all meetings (exceptions made for urgent and unforeseen conflicts)

  • Help with student curriculum development and refinement (Ex. Guardians of the Sea curriculum, monthly event ideas, new program launches, and more!)

  • Interview local marine scientists for our TSSS YouTube series (be willing and able to ask scientists questions) (varies year to year)

  • Help us come up with new ideas!

Students accepted on the leadership team can request a volunteer hour certificate at the end of the year.


Please mail your application to

The Salish Sea School is committed to creating a community of student leaders and cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion, and connectedness. We are able to grow and learn better together with a diverse team. We welcome the unique contributions that one can bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

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