April Peebler, Executive Director, Heirs To Our Oceans
April has been an activist for most of her adult life. When her younger daughter Dakota was in preschool & her older daughter Charley was in kindergarten, April left her profession and decided to homeschool them so that they could study eco- & socio-justice issues as an integral part of their curriculum. Six years ago April developed a learning model that utilized interdisciplinary studies where all subject matters; writing, math, science, public speaking, etc. supported an eco- or socio-justice theme and taught through project-based, hands-on, and "in-the-field” learning utilizing specialist for various disciplines and experiences. After seeing her daughters’ passions for the health of the natural environment, like her own, & their reverence for the oceans & the life in it, the Peebler family decided to embark on a journey that would take them well beyond a school year. They decided to apply the learning model toward being activists in improving the health of the oceans.