Local teacher shares unique experiences on Galapagos Islands trip
Robert Goddard Montessori educator reflects on one-of-a-kind field experience
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,