Meet Our Instructors
Robin Anderson’s journey includes being a NJSOC Graduate Teaching Fellow, K-6 Science Educator, Hackensack Meadowlands Environment Center Program Specialist, Middle School Teacher of Earth Science, Cross Country Coach and NJ Audubon Residential Summer Camp facilitator/educator. She has come full circle to once again enjoy teaching some of her favorite field experiences at NJSOC, along with offering public workshops on Rustic Bread Baking using a wood fired oven.
Jennifer Correa-Kruegel has a Masters in Parks and Resource Management from Slippery Rock University and is a Master Herpetologist through the Amphibian Foundation. She worked at the NJSOC full-time from 2006 - 2020, starting as the Program Coordinator and evolving to an Environmental Educator. Jennifer currently works for the Warren County Department of Land Preservation and enjoys returning to the SOC to work with school groups as a volunteer Instructor whenever possible.
John Goralski is a USA Archery Level 3 National Training System Coach and Instructor, as well as a certified Instructor Trainer. In addition, John is a certified NASP (National Archery in the Schools) Instructor, a certified S3DA (Scholastic 3D Archery) instructor and is a certified bow technician. He has designed many training programs, has led multiple archery classes for both children and adults; and trained numerous Level 1 and Level 2 Instructors. John has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Education from William Paterson University. John has over 20 years of experience teaching Science, Social Studies, Art and Photography at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels. John is a past Pennsylvania Archery Association State Champion.
Ruth Goralski is a USA Archery Level 3 National Training System Coach and Instructor, as well as a certified Instructor Trainer. She has designed many training programs, has led multiple archery classes for both children and adults; and trained numerous Level 1 and Level 2 Instructors. Ruth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from East Stroudsburg University. Ruth is a Clinical Research Professional who has led multiple global teams in conducting Cardiovascular, Oncology and Anti-infective research studies bringing new medications and devices to market. Ruth is a past Pennsylvania Archery Association State Champion and Mid-Hudson Champion.
Dina holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Science and a passion for the environment. As an AmeriCorps member from 2019 to 2020, they helped foster a sense of respect and conservation for the natural world in visitors to the NJSOC. As a part-time educator, Dina hopes to continue supporting the awe-inspiring educational experience that the SOC never fails to provide.
Patrice Kealy has shared her knowledge and love of science, history and the arts with children and adults in many settings throughout New Jersey for over 50 years. She has shared the surprises of marine biology with school groups for the NJ Marine Sciences Consortium at Sandy Hook, NJ, served as the lead sailing instructor for the Monmouth County Park System, and as an environmental educator and artist with the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Education Center. She’s been an interpretive Park Ranger and supervisor of the Millbrook Village historic site for the Delaware Water Gap NRA, and has even crossed the Atlantic on a sailing vessel as a participant in the Soviet American Sail, a combined diplomatic and environmental expedition. While she explores the natural world, Patrice expresses her passion for the wonders of creation as an avid photographer, artist and writer. She is also a published illustrator and is currently writing a middle grade fiction book.
Maura has been an educator for 43 years, and her first “classroom” was at the NJ School of Conservation as a Teaching Fellow in 1978. She has a BA in Secondary Education from Kutztown University and an MA in Environmental Studies from Montclair State University. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher, Maura was one of the first women to become a Wildlife Field Worker for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Fish and Game Division. Whether blazing trails for wildlife management areas, reintroducing a species to New Jersey, or catching pheasants to stock gamelands, she loved every minute of being outdoors. Maura retired from public education in 2021. Her experience as a middle school Civics teacher gave her a deep understanding of the connection between being a responsible and contributing citizen, by knowing the laws and conserving our natural world.
MICHAEL T. ROCHE
Michael T. Roche (Mr. Mike) first worked at NJSOC in the mid-1970's as part of the school's summer camp programs. Since then he has been recognized as an exemplary science educator numerous times on local, state and national levels. He has worked as a classroom teacher at Manchester Township High School in Ocean County and more recently with High Technology High School in Monmouth County. Mike currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Academies of Science (NAAS), specifically focusing on opportunities for student researchers involved with the American Junior Academy of Science.
Sarah Sieminski has a degree in Biology from Drew University and was a Montclair State University Graduate Assistant at the NJSOC from 2001-2003, earning her Masters in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Education. After graduating she worked at the Greater Newark Conservancy teaching environmental and horticultural lessons in the Newark Public Schools, PK through College. Sarah lives in Frankford Township and is the proud mom of 2 high schoolers. She has continued to teach environmental education on Frankford Township School’s 5th grade trip to Camp Mason, and is excited to be teaching at the NJSOC again.
Tanya Sulikowski’s sixth grade field trip to the NJSOC inspired her career path as a field ecologist and classroom teacher. She returned to the school three more times: first as a Student Teacher in 1999, next as a Graduate Student conducting research in the Flat Brook River in 2011, and finally as Faculty in 2018 until the school closed in 2020. Tanya is thrilled to make her final career stop as the NJSOC Director of Education. Tanya is a National Geographic Grosvenor Teaching Fellow and earned the Women in Wildlife Award for Education by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. During her off hours, she is an avid native plant and organic vegetable gardener and loves to hike, paddle, and explore the planet’s wildest places with friends and her husband Bruce.