Contact: Shelley Dawicki
Meet Kelly Savignano: Woods Hole Science Aquarium Volunteer
Retired teacher Kelly Savignano has kept her connections to young students and education alive by volunteering the past two years at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium.
“I love ocean life, and I love to teach and be around children,” she said during a recent morning at the Aquarium. She had just finished “teaching” kindergarten students from East Falmouth Elementary School and other young visitors and their families about the marine creatures in the touch tank.
The youngsters, and adults with them, followed directions and touched the sea urchin, whelk and sea star she was holding in her hand gently with two fingers, careful not to harm them before she returned them to the tank.
A resident of North Falmouth where she and her husband retired, Savignano volunteers when there are large school groups visiting and helps staff the touch tank during the busy summer months. She knows all the animals in the Aquarium’s display tanks, and says “Queenie”, a queen triggerfish, is one of her favorites.
Savignano taught third and fifth grades at Needham’s Newman Elementary School for 8 years before retiring and moving to Falmouth. She and her husband own a business but spend winters at a second home in Naples, Florida. There she loves to collect shells and do shell crafts, and enjoy the boat they bought last year.
“I brought my children here to the Aquarium as youngsters, and it is rewarding to be back in a different capacity years later, helping to educate visitors from all around the world about the marine life in our local waters.”