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Gilbert M. Grosvenor Educator of the Year

Photograph by Rebecca Hale

The Gilbert M. Grosvenor Educator of the Year award is presented to an individual for exceptional achievement in education focused on igniting curiosity and cultural understanding in students—particularly involving exploration, science, and conservation. The award most often celebrates K-16 educators globally whose innovative approaches have both informed and inspired students regarding the importance of a planet in balance. And in doing so, the educator has set a new benchmark for cultivating the next generation of outstanding planetary stewards. The award 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.


2019 Award Recipient

Photograph courtesy of Kavita Gupta

Kavita Gupta

An educator for over 20 years, Kavita Gupta is a dynamic and energetic teacher who engages students through innovative, technology-rich, and student-centered curricula. She serves as a powerful voice for bringing access and relevance to science education nationwide. Kavita was selected as a 2017 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow traveling to the Galápagos through a partnership with Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. She was then selected in 2018 to the inaugural class of five National Geographic Education Fellows, and in that same year she also launched the Youth Climate Summit, which brings together more than 500 students to educate them about the science and impacts of climate change. She played a key role in developing National Geographic’s GeoChallenge, a standards-based annual competition that challenges student groups to develop a creative solution to a real-world problem.