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Sycamore High Teacher Beth Quinones To Embark on National Geographic Expedition
A Sycamore High School teacher has been selected to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition with National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions.
Beth Quinones is one of 45 educators from the United States and Canada to be selected for the 13th annual Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Class. In November 2019, she will begin an expedition to the Galápagos Islands on board the Lindblad Expedition ship National Geographic Endeavour II to explore the landscapes, culture, and wildlife unique to the region. She will be accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts, who range from undersea specialists to National Geographic photographers.
The hands-on, field-based experience will help her bring back invaluable knowledge to the Sycamore High School, where she teaches biology and forensics.
“I’m so excited to bring back information about the wildlife, culture, and ecosystems to my classroom and I’m looking forward to my journey,” Quinones said.
To prepare for her voyage, Quinones along with other Fellows participated in a multi-day, hands-on, pre-expedition workshop at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she learned 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.
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. 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.
“We are immensely proud to support Grosvenor Teacher Fellows — extraordinary individuals who share our passion and commitment to inspiring the next generation of planetary stewards,” said National Geographic Society Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. “At the Society, we’re dedicated to providing educators with unparalleled resources and transformative experiences so they can advance students’ understanding of the world and empower them to generate solutions for a more sustainable future.”