Meet Mrs. Fish

Meet Mrs Fish

Deb Sandler, a.k.a. Mrs. Fish! 

Deb Sandler, the founding President of the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association, is known in 20 countries and throughout the USA as “Mrs. Fish” of the award-winning “Mr. and Mrs. Fish Marine Education Program.” 

During the school year, Deb and husband Jeff (Mr. Fish) traveled to elementary schools throughout the world teaching young students about life in the sea. Their travels have taken them to work with children in England, Scotland, American Samoa, Japan, Israel, Palestine, Indonesia, Canada, Bermuda and all over the Caribbean.

In the summer Deb and Jeff ran the Mr. and Mrs. Fish Summer Marine Education Program, affectionately known as Fish Camp.  Fish Camp was an educational ocean day camp at their Fish Building on the campus of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland Maine.  It gives Deb great joy to know that she and Jeff created this happy, fun, laughter-filled learning environment for so many children. 

As the former Director of the Ocean Park Environmental School in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, with degrees in both Elementary Education and Marine Biology, Deb came to the “Mrs. Fish” position full of energy, ideas, enthusiasm and a love for the ocean. That has translated into an incredibly successful career of inspiring and educating about the world of water.

Keeping the Mr. and Mrs. Fish Program running takes lots of various skills. Deb’s creative gifts help create and design new costumes, while her managerial skills keep the books in order and camp running smoothly.  Her curatorial skills enable the fish in the tanks to stay healthy, and her singing skills enliven the camp bus with song. Her acting and storytelling skills keeps the many educational shows sparkly and fascinating, while her love of science and the ocean brings the joy of discovery to life. Most of all, her love of children makes the whole picture work.

During her down time Deb loves to be in or on the water either sailing, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, diving… or on land walking, snowshoeing, skiing, bicycling. She also loves to work with her hands gardening and around the house. Deb believes in service and gives back to the community in many ways… serving on several boards and singing in a choir.


Meet Mr. Fish! 

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