Hello, my name is Victoria and was born and raised in Arizona, which is located in the southwest of the United States of America. I am an active, inquiry-based teacher who fully supports the concept of lifelong learning. My journey in higher education began with a Bachelor in Psychology and a double minor in Political Science and Sociology, transitioned into a Master of Education (both at Arizona State University), and now am currently participating in Master of Science program in International Development with an emphasis in Biodiversity, Wildlife, and Ecosystem Health at the University of Edinburgh. My move from the Arizona desert to Aotearoa’s coastal waters centres around my love for the ocean, marine life, and an aspiration to learn and participate in Pasifika and Māori culture. My goal is to co-create programs with communities in order to better connect youth to marine conservation and regulation efforts.

I love my family– especially my nephew, Rylan (who plays rugby), Olivia (an artist and horse lover), and my new niece, Everly, who I have not yet had a chance to meet. Scuba diving is my favourite thing to do and I have a great passion for coral reefs. I love to travel and have visited over thirty countries. New Zealand is the fifth country I have lived in and I would love to make it my home.