WKClaudia P. Tibbs
Science educator/Bilingual communicator, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Claudia P. Tibbs is a science educator and bilingual communicator at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California. Throughout her work and personal life, Claudia strives to create a culture that promotes sharing, collaboration and inclusivity in order to empower members of the global community to do great things. As a lifelong learner, Claudia seeks opportunities where she can continue to grow creatively as a communicator and educator. Claudia’s professional experiences and personal interests are rooted in marine science and conservation, storytelling and visual communications, as well as cats and whiskey.
At the Aquarium, Claudia works to empower students and teachers to take action on behalf of the ocean. Claudia has been featured on local and national English and Spanish-language programing such as the Disney Channel and ¡Despierta América! on Univision. Claudia has served as a contributing writer for the National Resource Defense Council’s Spanish language blog, “La Onda Verde” and launched the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Spanish-language Facebook page, “Tu Monterey Bay Aquarium”, resulting in the first Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution to have a bilingual social media presence. Claudia advises the Aquarium on culturally and developmentally appropriate messaging to maintain Spanish-language consistency, resulting in more powerful and emotional experiences for guests to deepen their connection to the ocean and further the aquarium’s reach on and off-site.
Before joining the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Claudia held various community outreach and multicultural education positions along the central coast of California. Claudia received her B.S. in Earth Systems, Science and Policy with a concentration in Marine and Coastal Ecology from the California State University, Monterey Bay. Claudia attributes her passion for environmental advocacy, environmental justice issues and passion for education to her high school science teacher, Ms. Stevens from South Gate High School.
Claudia P. Tibbs can be reached via Twitter at @cptibbs. Follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium at @MontereyAq and @MontereyAq_PR.