National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions Announce 11th Annual Class of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows: Program to Send 35 Educators on Global Expeditions for Hands-On Professional Development

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2017)—In recognition of their commitment to geographic education, 35 highly respected educators from the United States and Canada have been selected as the 11th group of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2017 Fellows will embark on global expeditions onboard the Lindblad expedition ships—National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour ll and National Geographic Sea Lion—in pursuit of enhancing their geographic knowledge with hands-on field experience they will bring back to their classrooms and professional communities.

Every year, pre-K–12 educators around the United States and Canada are encouraged to apply for this unique learning experience and professional development opportunity.

The 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are:

  • Ali Farlow-Troy, Toronto, Ontario
  • Anita Graffius, Oakland, California
  • Anne Lewis, Pierre, South Dakota
  • Breigh Rhodes, Zachary, Louisiana
  • Bryan Johnson, Tacoma, Washington
  • Brynn Johnson, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Claire Trainer, Chicago, Illinois
  • Elisabeth Gambino, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Emilia Odife, Miami, Florida
  • Ian Devlin, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jackie Grannis-Phoenix, Camden, Maine
  • Jennifer Burgin, Arlington, Virginia
  • Jenny Bolch, Boulder, Colorado
  • Kacy Lebby, Seattle, Washington
  • Kavita Gupta, Cupertino, California
  • Kelly McCarthy, Coal Township, Pennsylvania
  • Kelly Meade, Long Beach, California
  • Kimberly Young, Weston, Massachusetts
  • Kristi Neuroth, Brentwood, Tennessee
  • Kyle Tredinnick, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Layne Zimmers, Springfield, Illinois
  • Leon Tynes, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Margaret (Peg) Keiner, Chicago, Illinois
  • Mike Johnston, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Mircea (Mitch) Arsenie, Chicago, Illinois
  • Monica Nuñez, Santa Teresa, New Mexico
  • Priscilla Zenn, Allen Park, Michigan
  • Rachael Rost, Topeka, Kansas
  • Shiona Drummer, Macon, Georgia
  • Sarah Harris, Portland, Connecticut
  • Susan Koch, Montpelier, Vermont
  • Tanya Sulikowski, Hillsborough, New Jersey
  • Wendi Pillars, Siler City, North Carolina
  • Zach Creech, Greensboro, North Carolina

Photos and biographies of the Fellows are available on the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow website.

Starting later this year, the Fellows will begin their 10- to 17-day expeditions to locations including the Canadian High Arctic, Antarctica, Southeast Alaska, Arctic Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland and Galápagos Islands. Accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts, ranging from undersea specialists to National Geographic photographers, the Fellows will experience landscapes, cultures and wildlife unique to their regions of exploration. The excursions will educationally immerse the Fellows in learning and give them new knowledge to bring back to their local classrooms and professional communities.

Before their voyages, the Fellows traveled to National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they participated in hands-on, pre-expedition workshops covering photography and outreach planning and had the opportunity to network with Lindblad Expeditions naturalists and past Fellows.

“The National Geographic Society aims to further global understanding and support educators, like the Grosvenor Teacher Fellows,” said Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society. “I look forward to seeing how the Fellows will share this unique opportunity with their local communities to enhance geographic knowledge and global awareness.”

“These are outstanding educators who are committed to improving geographic education and ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders are responsible stewards of our ocean and our planet. We are honored to share with them some of the world’s remotest and most pristine places to help fuel their passion to share knowledge, and the world, with their students,” stated Sven Lindblad, CEO and founder of Lindblad Expeditions.

This year marks the 11th year of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, established to honor former National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to geographic education. Onboard expedition accommodations for this program were donated by Sven-Olof Lindblad and Lindblad Expeditions in 2006 to commemorate Grosvenor’s 75th birthday and honor his service to the enhancement and advancement of geographic education.

About Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions, specialists in expedition travel, works in alliance with the National Geographic Society to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, their collaboration in research, technology and conservation provides extraordinary travel experiences and disseminates geographic knowledge around the globe. Their educationally oriented voyages to all seven continents 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. Destinations include the Galápagos, Antarctica, the Arctic, Baja California, Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica and Panama, Cuba, the Amazon, French Polynesia & South Pacific, Europe, the Mediterranean and beyond. For more information, visit

NOTE: Interviews with Fellows and Lindblad-National Geographic representatives, high-res photographs and broadcast quality b-roll are available upon request. More press information is available at


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