Lo­cal teacher shares unique ex­pe­ri­ences on Gala­pa­gos Is­lands trip

Robert God­dard Montes­sori ed­u­ca­tor re­flects on one-of-a-kind field ex­pe­ri­ence

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com

What does it mean to be a pi­o­neer of global ex­plo­ration and travel aboard the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic En­deav­our with other ed­u­ca­tors from dif­fer­ent states?

For Karuna Skariah, it meant a one-of-a-kind ed­u­ca­tional voy­age to the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands, in­ter­act­ing with and learn­ing from lead­ing sci­en­tists, nat­u­ral­ists and re­searchers while dis­cov­er­ing unique, stun­ning nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments.

Skariah, a tal­ented and gifted (TAG) teacher and in­struc­tional pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor at Robert God­dard Montes­sori PreK-8 school in Lan­ham, was among 35 ed­u­ca­tors who were cho­sen to go on a 10-day voy­age to the Gala­pa­gos in Septem­ber un­der the 2016 Grosvenor Teacher Fel­low pro­gram.

The pro­gram, a pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity made pos­si­ble by the part­ner­ship be­tween Lind­blad Ex­pe­di­tions and Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Ed­u­ca­tion, gives cur­rent K-12 class­room teach­ers and in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tors from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico an op­por­tu­nity to travel on a 10- to 17-day expedition aboard the Lind­blad-Na­tional Ge­o­graphic fleet, which in­cludes the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic En­deav­our or Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Ex­plorer. Through this ex­pe­ri­ence, the fel­lows bring new ge­o­graphic aware­ness into their learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments and com­mu­ni­ties, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic web­site.

Since its in­cep­tion 10 years ago, the Grosvenor Teacher Fel­low pro­gram has sent ed­u­ca­tors to lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Arc­tic Sval­bard, Ice­land,

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