National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions Announce 13th Annual Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Class — Largest in Program’s History: 45 Educators to Travel on Global Expeditions for Professional Development Experience of a Lifetime

Laura McHugh
Marketing & Engagement Manager, Education

In recognition of their commitment to geographic education, 45 highly respected educators have been selected as the 13th group of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2019 Fellows will embark on expeditions to locations including the High Arctic, Alaska, Central America, Antarctica and the Galápagos Islands on board Lindblad Expedition ships to enhance their geographic knowledge with hands-on, field-based experiences that they will bring back to their pre-K–12 classrooms, communities and professional networks.

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship is 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 across the United States and Canada. The expeditions were donated in perpetuity to the Society by Sven-Olof 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 2019 class of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows is the largest ever selected in the program’s 13-year history. This diverse group of formal and informal educators, representing an array of grade levels and subject areas including social studies, STEM, second-language programs and art, are from across the United States and Canada as well as a U.S. Department of Defense Activity School in Japan.

The Fellowship is open to pre-K–12 educators. Eligible applicants first had to complete National Geographic Educator Certification, a no-cost professional development program for educators committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists, explorers, educators and storytellers. Certified educators are also given access to exclusive National Geographic student programs, classroom resources and other professional development opportunities.

The 2019 Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Lyanne Abreu, TERRA Environmental Research Institute, Miami, Florida

  2. Svea Anderson, Agua Caliente Elementary School, Tucson, Arizona

  3. Rachael Arens, Northwest High School, Omaha, Nebraska

  4. Sharee Barton, Madison Middle School, Rexburg, Idaho

  5. Ashlee Beckett, Jefferson Middle School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  6. Kelly Blais, David R. Cawley Middle School, Hooksett, New Hampshire

  7. Cindy Bloom, Comstock Middle School, Kalamazoo, Michigan

  8. Cara Bucciarelli, LaSalle II Magnet School, Chicago, Illinois

  9. Peter Cameron, St. Elizabeth School, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

  10. Laura Chase, Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D.C.

  11. Tracy Crowley, Jack London Middle School, Wheeling, Illinois

  12. Claire Flynn, Long Island Children’s Museum, Mineola, New York

  13. Kevin S. Fox, The Geographical Imaginations Expedition & Institute, Newtown, Pennsylvania

  14. Stefanie Frump, Largo High School, St. Petersburg, Florida

  15. Allison Fuisz, Bell High School, Ottawa, ON, Canada

  16. Shane Heath, Northfield Middle High School, Montpelier, Vermont

  17. Maeve Hitzenbuhler, Westboro Public Schools, South Grafton, Massachusetts

  18. Joya Holden, Keystone School, San Antonio, Texas

  19. Kerry Hynes, P.S. 176, Belle Harbor, New York

  20. Leticia Guzman Ingram, Basalt High School, Basalt, Colorado

  21. Amanda Killough, Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound, Texas

  22. Erin Kowalevicz, Randolph Elementary School, Arlington, Virginia

  23. Abbey Kuhns, Gunnison Elementary School, Gunnison, Colorado

  24. Alisha Lindsey, Bradford K-8, Littleton, Colorado

  25. Jessica Lura, Bullis Charter School, Los Altos, California

  26. Lori Martin, Middle School Gifted Teacher in USD 500, Kansas City, Kansas

  27. Lynsey Montgomery, Johnson Elementary School, Mesa, Arizona

  28. Dave Ostheimer, Kathleen H. Wilbur Elementary School, Bear, Delaware

  29. Kerry Piper, Apex High School, Holly Springs, North Carolina

  30. Michael A. Pope, Zama Middle School, Zama, Japan

  31. Beth Quinones, Sycamore High School, Cincinnati, Ohio

  32. Jessica Rodarte, Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles, California

  33. Addie Schafer, Loudoun County Public Schools, Ashburn, Virginia

  34. Blade Shepherd-Jones, Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School, Kailua, Hawaii

  35. Rick Sleeter, Eldorado High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico

  36. Ruth Smith, Hepburn School, Waldheim, SK, Canada

  37. Sean Smyth, The Study Academy, Toronto, ON, Canada

  38. Stacey Snyder, Orange and Lowell Elementary Schools, Waterloo, Iowa

  39. Alexandra Sorin, Toronto District School Board, Toronto, ON, Canada

  40. Melinda (Mindy) Steele, Cypress School District, Cypress, California

  41. Noreen Syed, Gill St. Bernard’s School, Gladstone, New Jersey

  42. Melissa Tracy, Odyssey Charter School, Wilmington, Delaware

  43. Jean Turney, The Biome School, St. Louis, Missouri

  44. Nicole Vickerman, Clark High School, Plano, Texas

  45. Jennie Warmouth, Spruce Elementary School, Lynnwood, Washington

Photos and biographies of the 2019 Fellows are available on the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship website.

Starting later this year, the 2019 Fellows will begin their 10- to 23-day expeditions on Lindblad Expedition ships National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour II, National Geographic Orion and National Geographic Quest to locations across the globe. The Fellows will experience landscapes, cultures and wildlife unique to their regions of exploration. They will be accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts, including undersea specialists and National Geographic photographers.

To prepare for their voyages, the new class of Fellows is currently participating in a multiday, hands-on, pre-expedition workshop at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they are learning a range of skills from photography and video editing to outreach planning and public speaking. Lindblad Expeditions’ staff and naturalists as well as past Fellows also participate in the workshop, serving as mentors to the new class now and when the new Fellows return to their classrooms and communities after their expeditions. Fellows agree to a two-year commitment when they are accepted to the program, serving as program ambassadors before, during and after their expeditions.

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