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Pinellas teacher selected for prestigious geographic fellowship


April 11, 2019

Stefanie Frump  Stefanie Frump, who  teaches honors biology and marine science at Largo High, was chosen as a Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow in recognition of her commitment to geographic education.

Her mission is to teach students to think critically about solutions to complex problems involving the ocean. She is one of 45 educators from the U.S. and Canada selected for the opportunity. They will embark on global expeditions to enhance their geographic knowledge with hands-on, field-based experiences that they will bring back to their classrooms, communities and professional networks.

Later this year, the fellows will begin their 10- to 23-day expeditions to locations across the globe, including Southeast Alaska, the High Arctic, the British and Irish Isles, the Canadian Maritimes, Central America, Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands and the South Pacific. The Fellows will experience landscapes, cultures and wildlife unique to their regions of exploration.

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, chairman emeritus of the National Geographic Society, in recognition of his decades-long work supporting pre-K–12 teachers and promoting geography education.

The fellowship is open to pre-K–12 educators. Eligible applicants first had to complete National Geographic Educator Certification, a no-cost professional development program. To prepare for their voyages, the new class of Fellows participated in a multiday, hands-on, pre-expedition workshop at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.