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The professional development opportunity of a lifetime

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship (GTF) is a professional development opportunity for pre-K–12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. An annual competitive application process is used to select educators and host them aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ voyages for a life-changing, field-based experience.

These exemplary educators complete a series of deliverables that enable them to transfer their onboard experience into new ways to teach students and engage colleagues. Through this opportunity, Grosvenor Teacher Fellows bring new geographic awareness into their learning environments and communities.

Fellows also take on a two-year leadership commitment to support National Geographic’s education initiatives. Throughout their commitment, Fellows may be asked to conduct webinars, participate in meetups, and serve as mentors to other educators.

The fellowship was founded by Sven-Olof Lindblad in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, chairman emeritus, National Geographic Society, in recognition of his decades-long work supporting pre-K–12 educators and promoting geography education across the United States and Canada.

Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are an integral part of the National Geographic community, working to further students’ understanding of the planet and empower them to generate solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future. They help ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global awareness.

Case Studies

Watch three educators highlight their Grosvenor Teacher Fellow experience.

Nichole Berg (née Von Haden)
2014 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
Antarctic Expedition

Since becoming a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow in 2014, Nichole Berg (née Von Haden) has moved from her bilingual middle school classroom in Madison, Wisconsin, to become the climate change and climate justice programs manager with Portland Public Schools in Portland, Oregon. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship enhanced Nichole's passion for multilingual education, integrated curriculum, and polar studies, and she is excited to create curriculum that embeds climate change and justice into K-12 science and social studies instructional units by incorporating the inclusion of student and community voices into the process.

Coleman Eaton III
2012 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
Arctic Expedition

Coleman is a physical science teacher at Inman Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia. Working with students from a variety of cultural backgrounds as well as different academic levels motivates Coleman to move toward his goal of creating more opportunities for his students to seek meaningful careers. Coleman’s dream is to create a school that allows students to be well prepared for life through learning trades, gaining certifications, and creating paths to success and ownership. He volunteers with students outside of school and works with mentoring programs to change the narrative of young black men in society. As a 2012 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, he traveled to Svalbard, Norway, for the Land of Bears Expedition. He used his time in the Arctic to connect with nature and the experiences he had there to connect with the community back home. In 2019, he was selected to travel to the Galápagos Islands as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Alumnus. He plans to inspire more students than he did before. From the Arctic to the Equator, the privilege of being a Fellow has connected Coleman to nature, his students, community, and the call to serve others.

Karuna Skariah
2016 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
Galápagos Expedition

Karuna Skariah, a National Board–certified teacher originally from Nepal, is a Montessori and gifted program coordinator at Robert Goddard Montessori pre-K–8 School, Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), Maryland. She is also a mentor teacher for the National Board Teaching Certification, PGCPS. Karuna holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and bachelor's degrees in sociology, anthropology, English literature, and economics. She was a finalist for the Prince George's County Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2017, and had the opportunity, in 2016, to accompany the U.S. Secretary of Education John King's U.S. delegation to the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in Berlin, Germany. The National Geographic Educator Certification and Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship have enhanced Karuna’s teaching practice by connecting both teachers and students to geographic inquiry and global education. She currently teaches a multidisciplinary gifted curricula focused on real-world application. Karuna believes that every child has the potential to make a positive difference in this world, it's just a matter of helping the child tap into this internal source by transforming them into a fearless learner.


National Geographic Education

The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to exploring our planet, protecting wildlife and habitats, and helping assure that students in pre-k–12 are geographically literate. The education division as a whole creates best-in-class resources, experiences, and programs that teach students about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. We educate by sparking curiosity, imparting knowledge through storytelling, and empowering action. We inspire the next generation of global citizens to discover the world’s past, celebrate its present, and protect its future. Learn more at

About Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have joined in a mission-driven alliance to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. As pioneers of global exploration, 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 leading scientists, naturalists, and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools. A joint philanthropic fund addresses the health and viability of our world’s oceans, coastlines, and coastal communities in all the regions LEX-NG visits, building unprecedented capacity in a new generation of marine leaders while furthering conservation initiatives worldwide. For more information visit

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