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Kirk Beckendorf

Science Communication Fellow
Webb School of Knoxville

Kirk Beckendorf is an 8th grade physical science teacher at Webb School of Knoxville, Tennessee. He has also taught Life and Earth science at public and private middle schools in Texas and Oregon. Kirk has coached Science Bowl, Lego Robotics and Science Olympiad teams and led a Geocaching club. Kirk has also worked as an informal educator in national parks and the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, TN. As an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, he provided his science classroom knowledge and perspective to NOAA’s Office of Education, in Washington D.C.. 

Kirk Beckendorf graduated from Texas A&M University in 1982 with a B.S. in agronomy and in 1991 he received a secondary science teacher certification. In 2010 he received a M.S. of science education from the University of Tennessee.

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Nautilus team so that I can engage my own students, and others from around the world, with real world ocean science and exploration."


Kirk participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: