An eighth-grade teacher from Proctor is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime.
Leah Gagne was recently selected as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow through National Geographic and Linblad Expeditions – she will be going on a two-week expedition on the National Geographic Explorer.
Exploring the British and Irish Isles
Gagne will be exploring and conducting field-based experiments in the British and Irish Isles from May 9-23.
You can see a map and day-by-day expedition schedule here.
Gagne told BringMeTheNews that she applied for the opportunity in order to gain hands-on experience in remote places.
"I want to share what l've learned with my students and teach them about how we are all interconnected," she said.
Gagne is the first teacher from Minnesota selected to participate in the program.
She will be accompanied by a high school teacher from New York and a fifth-grade teacher from Vancouver – plus Nat Geo's photographers, naturalists, and historians, as well as Lindblad Expedition staff.
Gagne said she's looking forward to visiting remote places that are not traditional vacation spots, such as an uninhabited island.
She also said that her students are very excited – they will be spending the next few weeks studying the islands that Gagne will be visiting, and generating questions for her return.
Grosvenor Teacher Fellow program
This is the 10th year of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, established to honor former National Geographic Society Chairman Gilbert M. Grosvenor’s lifetime commitment to geographic education, according to Nat Geo's website.
The program selects current K-12 teachers and educators from the U.S., Canada, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for "their commitment to geographic education," NG said.
Educators are taken on global expeditions in groups of two or three – the trips range from 10 days/8 nights to 17 days/15 nights, including travel time.
In 2016, expeditions will visit the British and Irish Isles, Norway's Fjords, Artic Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, Canadian Maritimes, Antarctica and the Galapagos.