Loveland teacher named 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
Posted Wednesday, April 4, 2018
The Loveland City School District is excited to announce Loveland High School (LHS) Spanish Teacher Abra Koch has been named a 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF). The GTF Program is a professional development opportunity for Pre-K-12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. An annual competitive application process is used to select educators and host them aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ voyages for a life-changing, field-based experience; Koch is one of 40 educators selected from the United States and Canada to travel on one of the global expeditions.
“I am so honored and humbled to be chosen as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow,” said Koch. “This is a professional development opportunity for teachers to bring geo-literacy to our students and help them be more connected to the world. Through this opportunity I am hoping to infuse a love of exploration into my students and help them to become explorers of the world around them, locally and globally.”
In December Koch will be on an expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavor II. Her expedition is December 7-16. On the expedition Koch will explore the habitats and species on the Galápagos as well as the culture and history of this fascinating location.
“I am so excited to explore a location that is so ecologically important and unique,” said Koch. “There are so many endemic species in the Galápagos that can't be found anywhere else in the world. Having the chance to see them in person, explore the habitats and learn how their adaptations have developed will be amazing!”
“We congratulate Mrs. Koch on this remarkable professional accomplishment,” said LHS Principal Peggy Johnson. “We are excited about this learning experience for her, and what it will mean for how she will continue to enhance the classroom experience for our students.”
“When I return to Loveland, I will work with my students to practice exploration using Spanish as a tool to observe, question, hypothesize and understand the world in which we live,” said Koch. “I am hoping that this experience will help them to nourish their curiosity, explore new places and learn from the world around them.”
The program – in its 12th year – is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society, in recognition of his decades-long work supporting Pre-K-12 teachers and promoting geography education across the U.S. and Canada.
Photo caption: Loveland High School Teacher and 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Abra Koch