50 Educators Selected for a Professional Development Experience of a Lifetime


NEW YORK, NY, February 12, 2021 --- In February 2020, 50 exemplary educators were selected for the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, a field-based professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between The National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions. A month after the cohort was notified of their selection, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world and travel was put on hold—along with their fellowship experience. For nearly a year, the 2021 Fellows have patiently kept the exciting news of their acceptance to themselves, but now their wait is over.

In recognition of their commitment to geographic education, Lindblad Expeditions and The National Geographic Society announce the 2021 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2021 cohort is the largest and most diverse in the program’s history, reflecting a range of teaching environments, subject expertise, geographies, and ethnicities. These fellows join an alumni community of 315 educators.

They were selected from a competitive applicant pool of pre-K–12 educators from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Department of Defense Education Activity schools for this life-changing professional development opportunity. The formal and informal educators were chosen for their impactful work to further students’ understanding of the planet and its people, empowering them to generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future. Their work focuses on inspiring youth to become environmental stewards, mentoring and amplifying student leaders, and tackling complex global issues, such as climate change. As part of their Fellowship, members of the 2021 cohort take on a two-year leadership commitment and serve as program ambassadors, fostering connections and collaboration with other educators in the National Geographic community and beyond.

Travel is still on hold, but once conditions allow, each Fellow will embark on a one- to three-week voyage aboard a Lindblad Expeditions ship. Fellows will travel in small groups to some of the world’s most remote and extraordinary environments—regions such as the High Arctic, Southeast Alaska, Central America, Antarctica, or the Galápagos Islands. Throughout their journey, they will encounter wildlife and explore breathtaking landscapes while accompanied by a team of Lindblad Expeditions naturalists, including marine biologists, geologists, historians, undersea specialists and National Geographic photographers. Each will return home with an experience they will translate into reimagined curricula that inspire their students, colleagues and communities to care more deeply about the planet and take action on global issues.

The fellowship was named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, chairman emeritus of the National Geographic Society, in recognition of his decades-long work supporting pre-K–12 teachers and promoting geography education. The expeditions were donated in perpetuity by Sven Lindblad and Lindblad Expeditions in 2006 to mark Grosvenor’s 75th birthday and honor his service to the enhancement and advancement of geographic education.

The 2021 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are (in alphabetical order):

  • Furahi Achebe (New Haven, CT)
  • Maimona Afzal Berta (San Jose, CA)
  • Myriam Bara (Winnipeg, MB)
  • Janet Barber (Springfield, PA)
  • Kimberly Boyce-Quentin (Houston, TX)
  • Brielle Carlson (Grand Rapids, MN)
  • Matt Colautti (Toronto, ON)
  • Laura Cummings (Haleiwa, HI)
  • Lauren D’Ambrosio (Altamonte Springs, FL)
  • Sharon Davison (Williston, VT)
  • Sergio de Alba (Los Banos, CA)
  • Susan Dorsey (Baltimore, MD)
  • Jaclyn Foster (Tuscaloosa, AL)
  • Sarah Gallah (Toronto, ON)
  • Charu Gulati (San Carlos, CA)
  • Katherine Harnish (Lancaster, PA)
  • Amanda Hendricks (Maryville, TN)
  • Michael Hernandez (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Karl Horeis (Denver, CO)
  • Ellie Kantar (Honolulu, HI)
  • Thomas Kenning (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Amy King (Bear Creek, NC)
  • Karla Lee (Baltimore, MD)
  • Caroline Little (St. Paul, MN)
  • Julissa Llosa (New York, NY)
  • Rachel Mainero (Rochester, MI)
  • Alejandra Martinez (Eagle Pass, TX)
  • Jessica Mauritzen (Riverside, IL)
  • Katie Mauro (Newtown, CT)
  • Robert May (LaVale, MD)
  • Justin Moodie (San Diego, CA)
  • Sonia Myers (El Granada, CA)
  • Karina New (Vancouver, BC)
  • Vickie Obenchain (Moraga, CA)
  • Julie Olson (Mitchell, SD)
  • Jorge Pacheco, Jr. (San Jose, CA)
  • Zana Pouncey (Atlanta, GA)
  • Kelly Preheim (Armour, SD)
  • Ali Pressel (St. Augustine, FL)
  • Jessica Radek (Park Ridge, IL)
  • Derek Ratchford (Springdale, AR)
  • Brittanee Rolle (Chicago, IL)
  • Gabriel-Philip Santos (Claremont, CA)
  • Christian Scott (Boston, MA)
  • Cheryl Sheffield (New Liskeard, ON)
  • Andrea Smola (Edmonton, AB)
  • Christina Torres (Honolulu, HI)
  • Ben Walker (Anchorage, AK)
  • Jaraux Washington (Tampa, FL)
  • Susan Wolfe (Boise, ID)

National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions admire the heart, passion, and commitment these educators have for arming their students with geographic knowledge and global awareness. They have earned this opportunity to participate in the journey of a lifetime—to learn, create, connect, and explore—to shape our tomorrow.

About Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition travel company that works in alliance with the National Geographic Society to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. Their commitment to environmentally responsible travel and ocean advocacy drives the company’s innovation and leadership in the expedition travel category. Lindblad eliminated single use plastics across the Lindblad fleet in 2018, and the company went carbon neutral in 2019, offsetting 100% of emissions from Lindblad ships, all land-based operations, employee travel, and offices. For more information, visit www.expeditions.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate the wonder of the world, define critical challenges and catalyze action to protect our planet. Since 1888, National Geographic has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 14,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature convenings and content. To learn more, visit www.nationalgeographic.org, or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Contact: Patty Disken-Cahill, Lindblad Expeditions, 212-261-9081, pattydc@expeditions.com

Lexie Simpson, National Geographic Society, 202-807-3100, lsimpson@ngs.org

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