One year after applying to the National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Program and ten months after learning that I’d been selected, I depart from JFK this evening to fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina where I will meet the other two GTFs and our fellow travelers!
If you are interested in following our expedition, check out this itinerary which outlines our day-to-day travels. I plan to update this blog when I am able with photos and videos of our adventures, but, given that I am headed to the only continent with no permanent human settlements, internet access is likely to be quite limited for a few days.
My 7th grade students have been actively involved in preparing for “our” expedition. Through their thoughtful questions and research, I’ve learned a great deal about all that I am likely to encounter on the unique continent of Antarctica. I leave with a list of student questions for the naturalists and other experts aboard my ship, a decorated travel journal presented to me yesterday by my students (see above), and a number of materials that I will use to involve the entire Portland community in my experience. I’m very grateful to National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions for this incredible opportunity and to the students, teachers, and administrators in the Portland Schools community for their support!
Nos vemos en Argentina!