NFSP logooffice 402-805-4570

National Fishing in Schools Program                                                              


Teresa Rodriguez
Outside Director

FEF Board of Directors 1st 3 year term: 2018-2021

Wildlife Management Branch Chief of the Fisheries & Wildlife Division of the Department of Energy & Environment
Washington, DC

Teresa's responsibilities include supervision of the staff and programs of the Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC), a multi-use environmental education and aquaculture center. The Fish & Wildlife biologists at the AREC provide classroom and field experiences for pre-K-12 students that meet Next Generation Science Standards. Professional Development workshops for educators are also offered several times a year. Angling instruction is delivered through large, community events, small group workshops and regular family focused programs.

Before joining the Department of Energy & Environment in 2013, Ms. Rodriguez joined the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) as a consultant for special projects. From 2011-2013, she managed several environmental education initiatives including Be Water Wise DC, National EE Week, and Children and Nature Initiative: Rx for Outdoor Activity.

Prior to her consulting work with NEEF, Ms. Rodriguez worked for the Future Fisherman Foundation from 2008-2011, when it was the education division of the American Sportfishing Association. As the Education Manager, she was responsible for the implementation of the national Physh Ed grant program which, over the life of the program, provided grants to over 400 schools that reached over 80,000 students. She implemented the national Hooked on Fishing program teacher trainings, developed and edited curricula and other supplementary aquatic education resources, and developed program evaluations.

Ms. Rodriguez has a BS in Park Administration with a focus on Environmental Education. She is a member of the Aquatic Resources Education Association, Trout Unlimited and Chesapeake Women Anglers. She regularly volunteers for Casting for Recovery and Project Healing Waters, and is an American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructor Trainer and Level 2 National Fishing in Schools Program Teacher Trainer. She has enjoyed working with the National Fishing in Schools Program since 2011 and has trained teachers in DC, VA, and WVA.

She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and favorite fishing partner, Ricky, who plan regular outdoor adventure travel with their three grown sons.