About Us

Executive Director: Danielle Beaty Adler

As Executive Director of San Diego Youth Science, Danielle Beaty Adler is a passionate advocate for advancing and expanding science education for persons of all ages, with particular interest in youth science education. Her goal is that youth foster a “love of science.” Danielle’s formal academic background is founded in basic science with a bachelor’s degree in marine science from San Diego State University. Her career path ultimately returned her to academics where she graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in science education. Always a lifelong learner, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Science Education.

Danielle’s early career involved work with the U.S. federal government’s National Marine Fisheries Service at NOAA utilizing genetic analysis to track the worldwide migratory patterns of sea turtles and dolphins, as well as study the populations of gray whales traversing the west coast of North America utilizing thermal sensor tracking. With a move to New York, Danielle gained marine regulatory and resource management experience with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Her responsibilities included field enforcement of the safe management of the clam fishery in Long Island Sound. Upon returning to San Diego, Danielle built upon her experiences as a marine science educator at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps where she functioned as the School Programs Coordinator. She developed and oversaw the design and implementation of the Aquarium’s science programs for K-12 schools in San Diego. These programs were specifically focused on meeting California State Content Standards for science through incorporation of cutting edge research actively conducted at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Danielle has consulted as a science education evaluator for Birch Aquarium at Scripps and San Diego State University’s Teacher Education Department. Danielle evaluated and assessed education programs to document their educational impact for grant program funders. At San Diego State University, she supervised and mentored student teachers earning their single subject science credential.

Danielle’s most recent project has included consulting to enhance the science at elementary schools within the Mission Bay Cluster (Pacific Beach, Barnard, and Kate Sessions Elementary schools). During the distance learning induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, SDYS traveled through Zoom to further afield schools in other districts, as well as schools in Arizona. Utilizing the framework of the Next Generation Science Standards she designed and implemented hands-on, inquiry based innovative science lessons for grades tK-5th grade.

San Diego Youth Science is determined to empower San Diego’s students and teachers to examine and question the natural world around them. San Diego Youth Science works with students of all ages to understand the process of science, view the world with scientific curiosity, and have a lifelong love of science through participation in authentic and relevant science experiences.

Science Educator: Heather Eaton

Growing up in San Diego, Ms. Eaton found her way into science organically having a high school science teacher for a mother and a commercial fisherman for a father. She was exposed to science from an early age and knew she wanted to pursue a career in science. Ms. Eaton earned her BS in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability from Colorado State University in 2020, and was privileged to get to also study at the School for Field Studies in the Turks and Caicos Islands. During this time she conducted fieldwork collecting data on marine megafauna, as well as finding time to share her passion for the environment with youth through organizing beach cleanups and snorkeling excursions.

Ms. Eaton continues to pursue her affinity for the natural world and can often be found on the ocean fishing, sailing, or surfing. She is enthusiastic to share her passion for science and the environment through hands-on learning with students. Ms. Eaton is thrilled to be an integral part of San Diego Youth Science and work with the students and teachers within the Pacific Beach community.

Once a San Diego Youth Science Educator, always.....

much appreciation to Stacy Circuit, Hannah Tandy, and Mychang Krotosky!