The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) Program 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 experience, they bring new geographic awareness into their learning environments and communities.
Fellows also take on a two-year leadership commitment to support educators with National Geographic. Throughout their commitment, Fellows may be asked to conduct webinars, participate in meetups, and serve as a mentor to other educators.
The program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society in recognition of his decades-long work supporting pre-K–12 teachers and promoting geography education across the U.S. and Canada.
Since participating in the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship program in 2014, Nichole Von Haden has moved from her bilingual middle school classroom into leadership roles within the Madison Metropolitan School District, where she served for three years as a mentor for new educators in K-12 classrooms and currently as the interim Assistant Principal at Hamilton Middle School. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Program enhanced Nichole's passion for multilingual education, integrated curriculum, and polar studies, and she is excited to continue sharing resources and instructional design approaches with her staff, the Madison community, and beyond.
Coleman is a physics, chemistry, and environmental science educator at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He plans to create a marine science class and a marine science club at his school to connect students to water sources and help them understand their impacts on water both locally and worldwide. He is working with the greenhouse staff on campus to build curriculum to support agricultural learning environments. He has a passion for students and works tirelessly to see them excel in future endeavors.
2016 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
Karuna Skariah, a National Board Certified Teacher originally from Nepal, is an instructional coordinator and teacher of talented and gifted elementary students in Robert Goddard Montessori pre-K–8 School in Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland. Karuna is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and teaches a physics-based, multidisciplinary curriculum focused on real-world application. Karuna, a National Geographic Certified Educator and Certification Ambassador, recently joined former Secretary of Education John King’s delegation as a teacher-leader to attend the International Summit on the Teaching Practice in Berlin, Germany. She was also a finalist for the Prince George's County Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2017. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship has served to enhance Karuna’s teaching by connecting both teachers and students to geographic inquiry and global 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 NatGeoEd.org
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 expeditions.com.
PhotoGraphs courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions