TWO EDUCATORS WIN TEACHER FELLOWSHIP EXPEDITIONS TO ANTARCTICA AND INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS
Fellowship Program Established to Honor National Geographic Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor
WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2008)—Anne Marie Evans, a geography and history teacher atElko Middle School in Sandston, Va., and Paul Gray, a social studies teacher and departmentchairman at Russellville High School in Russellville, Ark., are the second recipients of theGrosvenor Teacher Fellowships, established to honor National Geographic Society ChairmanGilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to geography education.
The fellowships were donated in perpetuity to the National Geographic Society by Sven-OlofLindblad and Lindblad Expeditions to mark Grosvenor’s 75th birthday in 2006 and to honor hisservice in enhancing and improving geography education across the United States. The annualfellowships are awarded to two teachers who demonstrate excellence in geography education. Theteachers, nominated by their state geography alliances, travel to a destination of their choice aboardone of Lindblad Expeditions’ seven expedition vessels and receive a $3,000 honorarium from theNational Geographic Education Foundation.
Evans, who will be traveling in April 2009 to the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles,Comoros, Madagascar and Zanzibar, has taught for over 20 years and holds leadership positionswith the National Geographic Virginia Geography Alliance. She is currently working with otherteachers in her school to create a cross-curricular unit on the theme of exploring Africa, and “thisaward will not only fulfill a lifelong dream to travel to Africa but also expand my professionalknowledge of this dynamic continent,” she said.
Gray, recently named Arkansas “Teacher of the Year,” has taught for 13 years and will betraveling in November 2008 to Antarctica, a region he has wanted to visit since childhood. He is alsoeager to use his experience as a Lindblad Expeditions’ Grosvenor Teacher Fellow to highlight theimportance of geography instruction.
Said Gray, “In most schools, geography has not been recognized as a core subject formany years. I hope my experiences and opportunities as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow will allow meto find ways to get geography and geography education in the forefront of the educationalcommunity.” Gray plans to document his voyage and create interactive lesson plans to bring to lifehis travel experience for his students.
“We are delighted that Paul and Anne Marie, two outstanding educators strongly committedto hands-on geography education, have won this year’s teacher fellowships,” said Sven-OlofLindblad, founder and president of Lindblad Expeditions. “This program recognizes outstandingteachers who are dedicated to improving geographic literacy in our classrooms and encouragingchildren to become responsible caretakers of our planet.”
“The partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic is an ideal fit ofour two missions,” said Gil Grosvenor. “We believe in the value of educational travel, andLindblad’s programs are the best in this area. Teachers awarded these fellowships will haveexperiences they will never forget.
”To learn more about this opportunity, contact your state’s Geography Alliance Coordinator.For a full listing of Geography Alliance Coordinators, visit the following link on NationalGeographic’s EdNet site: http://www.ngsednet.org/community/about.cfm?community_id=94.
Lindblad Expeditions and National GeographicLindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined in a mission-driven alliance toinspire people to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, theorganizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promoteconservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally orientedvoyages allow guests to interact with leading scientists, naturalists and researchers whilediscovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-artexploration tools. A joint philanthropic fund that supports science and conservation groups enablesbetter understanding of the world’s remaining special places and fosters the dissemination ofgeographic knowledge around the globe.