Talpey has been teaching marine science at Branford High School in Branford, Connecticut, for nine years. She has independently designed and developed the marine biology curriculum. Talpey received her B.S. in marine biology from the University of Rhode Island, and her M.S. in biology from Southern Connecticut State University. She participated in a professional development program at Mystic Seaport about the changing perceptions of whales over time, and implemented a whaling unit that was showcased during a recent Educators’ Weekend at Mystic Seaport.