A middle school teacher will explore the Arctic on a fellowship for 11 days this summer, along with other teachers.
Literacy specialist Amy Austin, a teacher at Centennial Middle School in Boulder, will head for the Arctic with 35 other teachers from the United States and Canada,.
She was chosen from a pool of 2700 applicants to be a Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. She will be experiencing the Arctic first hand through this once in a lifetime experience.
“I try to live through experiences,” Austin said. “I’m definitely a lifelong learner. I love traveling.”
Austin traveled to Washington DC to meet other teacher and attend preparatory workshops. Her ship will travel around the Arctic, following the ice. She will be able with the other teachers and explorers and naturalists to use small inflatable boats to access land.
“Hopefully, well see some polar bears and Arctic fox and really see what the ice is like in this really remote territory,” she said. “I want to absorb as much as I can and learn as much as I can about the climate, the landscape, the animals.”
“I won’t know what to expect each day,” she said.